J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr.
Sociology

515-294-1497
arbuckle@iastate.edu

Articles by this author:

The 2017 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll surveyed Iowa farmers to ask them if they have herbicide resistant weeds in their fields, to learn about perspectives on the manageability of major weeds, and to measure their level of concern about herbicide resistance.

Research shows that to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Iowa farmers will need to increase use of a diverse array of appropriate nutrient management and other conservation practices.

Farmers favor learning about different types of agricultural information through in-person communication, per responses to the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examined trends in farming practices and strategies since 2013, the year that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was started. The results indicate that farmers are increasing their use of recommended practices and decreasing use of some practices that are not recommended.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy recommends that farmers use a number of soil and water conservation best management practices to reduce nutrient loss into waterways. The 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers if they were using or considering use of many of those practices.

The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers about their willingness to consider planting milkweed and other wildflowers to help improve monarch habitat in the state. Forty-two percent responded that they would consider planting or improving monarch habitat on their land. 

The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked farmers why, despite long-term efforts from state and federal governments, land grant universities, farmer groups and others, agriculture still has soil erosion and water quality impairment issues.

Understanding what motivates farmers to implement soil and water conservation practices was a goal of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.

Practices and strategies that minimize nutrient loss and soil erosion and increase soil health can have positive impacts on water quality while maintaining and improving productivity. The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll found that many farmers have increased their use of key practices in recent years.

Farmers’ perspectives on soil health is a focus of the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll.