Stowe needs to get his story straight

January 16, 2016

Stowe needs to get his story straight

By Don Kass According to CEO Bill Stowe, it is the job of the Des Moines Water Works to “protect the surface waters of our state from unfettered degradation.” [Stowe: When Iowa’s water quality reached turning point, Jan. 10] Which is interesting, as before he has said that the lawsuit was simply a “business decision,” and
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January 11, 2016

USDA adds support to improve Iowa nutrient management and water quality

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a host of new efforts to help Iowa’s farmers and livestock producers conserve water and soil resources and improve nutrient management practices on the state’s 30 million acres of farmland. Vilsack said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will expand access to USDA’s signature conservation programs for Iowa producers, making
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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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November 12, 2015

New! Iowa Cover Crop Research and Demonstration Directory Now Online

Cover crops are an important tool in the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy that can help meet the goals of reduced nutrient loss from the state.  From the ability to protect the soil from erosion when the fields are typically brown to cycling nutrients and improving soil, cover crops can provide many benefits. However, there are still many questions that come into the Iowa
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November 10, 2015

USDA Invests $30 Million to Improve Water Quality in Mississippi River Basin

73 projects will help farmers, ranchers target conservation in high-priority watersheds WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $30 million this year in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high priority watersheds the Mississippi River Basin.
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October 7, 2015

Iowa continues to push for improved water quality

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says it has new money available for additional demonstration projects focused on expanding the use of innovative water quality practices in the state. Projects should emphasize installing practices, innovative methods of delivery and demonstrating results to farmers. “We continue to see strong interest from a wide variety
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