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FFA Checkoff



To Our Valued Heartland Co-op Customers,

Today’s FFA members are the leaders of the future who will represent, grow and preserve our great industry. Heartland Co-op has partnered with the Iowa FFA Foundation to create a farmer-driven checkoff program in support of Iowa FFA. FFA truly impacts our cooperative, and the introduction of the Heartland Co-op FFA Checkoff is our commitment to providing a next level of support for Iowa’s FFA and agricultural future.

Heartland Co-op has been a long-term supporter of the Iowa FFA Foundation on behalf of members. We have supported career development events, proficiency awards, event sponsorship and offer several scholarships to Iowa FFA members annually. Many of our own employees are past FFA members and credit their leadership skills and desire to serve others through the countless opportunities in FFA. We are proud to have drawn back former state FFA officers and even a national officer. Four of our senior staff began their careers as agricultural educators.


Each small contribution from grain sold to Heartland Co-op by customers enrolled in the Iowa FFA Foundation Checkoff program will directly support the work of the Iowa FFA Foundation and its impact on the future of the agricultural industry and agricultural education. Contributions also have the future ability to be credited back to a grain customer’s local FFA chapter.


A 1/10 of a cent will be deducted from each bushel of your corn or soybeans sold to Heartland Co-op at the time of sale. The cooperative will in turn submit 100% of those funds to the Iowa FFA Foundation. Heartland Co-op will further enlarge this farmer-driven impact by matching the voluntary member contributions. Each deduction will be directed to support the diligent work of the Iowa FFA Foundation. As the organization which financially supports Iowa’s agricultural education, contributions impact a wide variety of programs, leadership development, career advancement and FFA specific resources. Together with other cooperative customers, this has the ability to become an immensely impactful amount. The program will begin January 1, 2018. Any funds given to the Iowa FFA Foundation are recognized as tax deductible.


Please sign into your CUSTOMER ACCOUNT and complete the electronic signup of the FFA Checkoff.


Click HERE to find the FFA Checkoff form. Please fill out the form in its entirety and send it to 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 350, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

Please be sure to note your local FFA Chapter on the form for future credit towards your local FFA members.


Together, we can cooperatively make a tremendous impact on the future of Iowa’s agriculture.


For questions or further information, contact Heartland Co-op’s Grain Department at 515-974-4355.

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Source Water Protection Week


May 6-12, 2018 is Iowa Source Water Protection (SWP) Week, which coincides with National Drinking Water Week, a national observance of the value of drinking water.  The Iowa Source Water Ag Collaborative would like to highlight successful drinking water protection efforts in Iowa and support locally-led, collaborative work to protect sources of Iowans’ drinking water.

Iowa communities are creating SWP plans, which help guard the water source — whether an aquifer, lake or river — that they draw their drinking water from.  Communities work with the Regional SWP Coordinator and other partners in the Iowa Source Water Ag Collaborative, which can provide Iowans information and resources to protect their drinking water sources.  Every community’s source water is unique and developing and implementing SWP plans must be locally-led to address local conditions.

In Griswold, a local SWP team effort resulted in developing a SWP plan and applying for grants that led to installing cover crops in 75% of the area surrounding the municipal wells. By planting cover crops, the risk of nitrate entering Griswold’s drinking water source decreases, soil erosion reduces, and overall soil quality improves.

The local SWP team in Elliott implemented their plan, which included restoring a 22-acre site near the town’s well to a wetland and native grass buffer.  The goal of restoring the wetland is to reduce the risk of nitrate in the groundwater, provide wildlife habitat, and create an outdoor classroom for a nearby elementary school.

Plainfield’s SWP team is in the process of implementing a revised SWP plan that will seed cover crops on 100% of the cropland within their well’s capture zone in the fall of 2018.  Many other communities are developing or implementing their plans including Deloit, George, Gilbertville, Holstein, Ida Grove, Jesup, Kingsley, Lost Nation, Manchester, Manning, McGregor, Rock Valley, Sanborn, and Waverly.

To address aging infrastructure and scarce resources, many Iowa communities are developing source water protection plans that when implemented will reduce treatment costs for their drinking water.  The Iowa Source Water Ag Collaborative is ready to partner with these communities to coordinate and develop resources.  The Collaborative encourages awareness and education to continue positive engagement of Iowans in partnerships that enhance and protect Iowa’s source water.  For more information on source water protection in Iowa, visit www.iowasourcewater.org

CONTACT: Jeff Vansteenburg, SWP Program Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 641-424-4073, Jeff.Vansteenburg@dnr.iowa.gov

The Collaborative Partners include:

Agribusiness Association of Iowa

Conservation Districts of Iowa

Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development

Heartland Co-op

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Source Water Protection Program

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Iowa Geological Survey

Iowa Soybean Association

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Services Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service


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