Core Team, Conservation Drainage Working Group
Tim Recker is a third-generation corn and soybean farmer from Arlington, Iowa. Recker has been involved with several agricultural organizations throughout his career. As past president of Iowa Corn and the Iowa Land Improvement Contractor Association (LICA), Recker understands the importance of conservation and production agriculture to the Iowa economy. He and his fellow contractors are working with farmers to install conservation practices that will help them reach the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
The LICA farm near Melbourne, Iowa, is a showplace for practices that improve water quality as it controls and treats water from more than a thousand acres in the watershed. The 80-acre farm has saturated buffers, wetlands, retention ponds, a bioreactor, and a CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) wetland. Recker and other contractors give tours of the farm to teach farmers, government officials, students, and the public about these conservation structures and practices. On his own farm, Recker incorporates multiple conservation practices including: wetlands, cover crops, conservation tillage, and a water control system.