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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.

WHY SHOULD I TAKE PART?

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO CONTRIBUTE?

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

or

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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Ag Retailers Reaffirm commitment to Environmental Stewardship

Ankeny, Iowa — Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) members have reaffirmed their agreement to protect Iowa’s soil and water resources.

The group of 11 ag retailers have agreed to the Environmental Code of Practice for 2018. In the Code of Practice, ACWA members agree to delay fall anhydrous applications without a nitrification inhibitor until soil temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit and trending lower. Members use the county soil temperature and forecast maps compiled by Iowa State University as a decision-tool for beginning fall fertilizer applications.

 “For over 15 years, we have focused on proper nutrient management and environmental stewardship and now is no exception,” said Dan Dix, NEW Cooperative general manager and ACWA president. “The Code of Practice is a fundamental aspect of ACWA membership, and we are glad to be a 4R Plus partner. The 4R Plus principles are globally accepted standards of best practices for cropping systems and we are proud to enhance our focus and offerings through them.”

4R Plus focuses on fertilizer application with the consideration of the right source, right rate, right time and right place. The Plus adds conservation practices to enhance soil health and improve water quality.

Led by the Nature Conservancy, 4R Plus is guided by a coalition of agricultural and conservation organizations to support farmers’ efforts to implement precise nutrient management and conservation practices.

“Our Code of Practice aligns with the 4Rs and there is synergy in the guidelines,” said Harry Ahrenholtz, ACWA chairman. “Members of ACWA hold each other accountable to abide by these standards, and each retailer notifies the group when fall fertilizer applications begin.”

ACWA supports adoption of nutrient management technologies to maximize nutrient use efficiency and help protect water quality. These technologies include nitrogen stabilizers, slow release fertilizers, incorporation or injection, soil nitrate testing and other tools that minimize loss of nitrogen to water sources.

Furthermore, ACWA encourages farmers to implement additional conservation and edge-of-field practices to reduce nitrate flow from tile systems including bioreactors, constructed wetlands, conservation stream buffers and cover crops.

“Members are dedicated to helping farmers manage nutrients to enhance both environmental quality and crop production,” said Roger Wolf, ACWA executive director. “The agriculture community remains committed to implementing practices that have a positive impact on environmental and water quality as well as improving crop production.” 

For more information about the ACWA, visit www.acwa-rrws.org/.

For more information about 4R Plus, visit 4rplus.org.

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Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) is an association consisting of 11 ag retailers and five associate members that support farmer customers in the Des Moines and Raccoon River basins. The ACWA mission is to help agriculture identify and implement solutions that reduce nutrient loss to Iowa waters. From 2001–2016, ACWA members and sponsors have invested more than $3.2 million in the Raccoon and Des Moines River watersheds, with over $1.9 million directly for projects and programs supporting water quality monitoring, edge-of-field practice demonstration and evaluation, and targeted watershed implementation efforts on farms.

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