Announcing a Collaboration to Enhance Agricultural Conservation in Iowa’s North Raccoon Watershed

By Abby Smith on April 16, 2020

Upstream Tech will be working with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and eleven partnering organizations through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). This five-year program will deploy incentives to farmers in the North Raccoon River Watershed to support conservation practices such as cover cropping, reduced or no-till management, and wetland restoration. These practices are expected to significantly improve water quality outcomes in the North Raccoon River Watershed.

Upstream Tech is excited to build on our partnership with ISA by supporting this collaboration with outcomes monitoring through AgTrends, using satellite data and machine learning to assist in tracking and aggregating program outcomes.

We’re proud to be part of this effort and look forward to sharing more in the months and years ahead about this collaboration’s positive environmental outcomes for both farmers and downstream water users alike.

To learn more about this project, see the press release from Iowa Soybean Association.

Some of the Upstream Tech team visiting Adam Kiel from ISA
Some of the Upstream Tech team visiting Adam Kiel from ISA
Flashback from Amadou and Carolyn’s trip to Iowa last fall, with ISA’s Senior Conservationist, Karl Gesch, and Director of Conservation & External Programs, Adam Kiel.