NEWS
An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:48 PM CST

On the list of states dribbling nitrogen and phosphorous into rivers and causing "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico, Iowa ranks high. No surprise there: A state with porous soils, extensive farm tiling, frequent heavy rainfall and an annual grain output exceeding Canada's will tend to leak nutrients.

No surprise, either, then, that the state has a voluntary, science-based program to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous runoff by 45%. The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy envisions action by both "point sources" (factories and wastewater treatment facilities) and "non-point sources" (mainly the state's 92,000 farms). It calls on farmers to adopt conservation ...

Quick View
  • Xtend Moves Forward USDA has issued its final environmental impact statement recommending full deregulation of Monsan...
  • Land Market What could the next year hold for land values?
  • No Agreement on Tax Extenders White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday said in his daily briefing that the White House woul...
  • Senior Partners - 4 At-your-service consultants help you walk through estate planning from start to finish.
  • Dow's Gutsy Decision Dow's decision to launch Enlist offers some hand-selected growers a chance to test drive new tech...
  • Congress Reaches Funding Deal The overall Agriculture Department and related agencies bill would cost $20.5 billion for fiscal ...
  • Klinefelter: By the Numbers Agriculture colleges are ignoring courses that tomorrow's farm operators will need to manage bigg...
  • Ask the Vet What can I do to improve udder quality in my herd?
Related News Stories
(none currently available)