It Starts With One

Allison Arp

Allison Arp

Iowa Soybean Association

Soybean farmer Kevin Sprung, of Osage, Iowa first became interested in working with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) on conservation and sustainability practices after attending a Rock Creek Watershed meeting two years ago. The Rock Creek project assists farmers in the watershed with voluntary implementation of conservation practices such as bioreactors, wetland reconstruction, no-till / strip till, and cover crops.

After the initial meeting, Sprung worked with ISA’s Environmental Programs and Services (EPS) team to install a saturated buffer on 160 acres of his land in Mitchell County. He believes lessening his farm’s environmental impact is part of his duty as a farmer.


160 acres drain through Sprung’s saturated buffer. Photo: Joseph L. Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association