PorkNetwork: Tremendous response to Iowa’s new nutrient reduction programPosted Jul 25, 2014
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that the $1.4 million in cost share funds made available statewide last week to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices have been obligated. The practices that were eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer."The tremendous response to these cost share funds shows again that farmers are committed to using voluntary, science-based conservation... Read More »
Iowa Farmer Today: Court upholds Iowa water-quality regulationsPosted Jul 25, 2014
DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court recently upheld water-quality regulations business and farm groups say are costly and burdensome.
The rules require anyone with new or expanded wastewater discharges into waterways to seek permits and certification from the state. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and others sued the Environmental Protection Commission which voted in December 2009 to adopt the new rules. The lawsuit attempted to disqualify two of the commissioners’ votes and... Read More »
Des Moines Register: Iowa CCI vows to continue fight for clean waterPosted Jul 21, 2014
Each year, factory farm hogs in Iowa produce as much raw, untreated waste as 45 million people. That's 15 times the population of Iowa.
This manure is dumped on fields, and some of it ends up polluting the water we drink, swim in, and fish in – the water we depend on.
Factory farm manure pollution is a major reason Iowa now has 630 polluted waterways. And with hundreds of new factory farms being built every year, this crisis is only getting worse.
But we can do something about it right... Read More »
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