Column: Lawsuit can detract from water goals

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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August 18, 2015

Upcoming Events: Cedar River Watershed Aug. 25 – Oct. 6

Field Day: Selecting Your Best Cover Crop – August 25, 2015 The Benton-Tama Nutrient Reduction Project will host a cover crop field day at Rodgers Park in Vinton from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The event will answer a variety of questions about how to get started with cover crops. Click here for more information. 
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August 14, 2015

ISU Research and Demonstration Farms late-summer field days begin

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms late-summer field days will cover crop issues heading into harvest. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine. Field day topics generally cover corn and soybean production, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop
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