Month: December 2015

December 20, 2015

Northey: Water quality progress requires cooperation

Bill Northey is Iowa secretary of agriculture and a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake.  I shook my head when I read the Register’s editorial Dec. 6 titled “Don’t blame God for water woes.” Unfortunately, the Register continues to misunderstand or misrepresent the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was unveiled in 2012, before

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December 6, 2015

Soil conservation program draws 1,904 farmers

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reports that 1,904 farmers installed conservation practices such as terraces this year as part of the state’s cost-share program. The state spent $9.8 million on the projects, with farmers adding $12.8 million for a total of $22.6 million. The projects also included management practices, grassed waterways, grade

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December 4, 2015

Column: Lawsuit can detract from water goals

By Christine Hensley Water quality represents an important issue for Iowa as a whole, something that both rural and urban citizens must collaboratively approach. Most are aware that Des Moines Water Works has sued three northwest Iowa drainage districts, placing blame squarely on upstream agriculture for nitrate in major Iowa waterways. A lawsuit, however, is

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