On the Radio: Nutrient Reduction Strategy


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers nutrient reduction demonstration projects that are set to help famers better manage harmful farm runoff. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy is set to enter the next phase.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Eight watershed demonstration projects covering over 600,000 acres have been selected to receive $4.1 million in funding through the Iowa Water Quality Initiative over the next three years.

The projects familiarize farmers with effective means to curb the excess runoff of nitrogen and phosphorus. Some of the projects include over crops, wetlands, terraces, bioreactors, buffer strips, no-till, strip-till, and manure management.

The runoff from Iowa is polluting water from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico.

Agricultural activities that cause this pollution include poorly managed animal feeding operations; plowing at the wrong time; and excessive or poorly timed application of pesticides and fertilizer.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said the demonstration projects will encourage more farmers to adopt water quality practices.

To learn more about the demonstration projects and  Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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