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Iowa Corn is proud to support a number of environmental initiatives with diverse partners to help improve Iowa's land and water. A few examples include:


The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (also referred to as the Water Quality Initiative) is a science- and technology-based framework that aims to assess and reduce nutrients in Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The team is actively working to educate growers and encourage widespread adoption of the best management practices. This strategy has been prepared by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Learn more.


SHP brings together diverse partner organizations, including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups, to work toward the common goal of helping farmers adopt practices that improve soil health. Soil Health Partnership employs real-world, farmer-to-farmer education and encourages adoption of practices to support soil and water quality.

An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association in partnership with the Iowa Corn and others, we provide the spark for greater understanding and implementation of agricultural best practices to protect resources for future generations.

The SHP will identify, test and measure farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers. The results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing peer-to-peer information and lend resources to benefit agricultural sustainability and profitability. The partnership currently includes over 100 farm sites in a dozen states. Learn more.

IOWA Agriculture water alliance (IAWA)

Accelerating the pace and scale of quantifiable water quality improvements in Iowa is the mission of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA). Created and funded by Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Pork Producers Association, the IAWA will increase farmer awareness and adoption of science-based practices proven to have environmental benefits. IAWA takes specific actions in the nine priority watersheds in the state, providing funding, outreach guidance, watershed planning and conservation expertise. Learn more.

IOWA nutrient research & education council (INREC)

Formed by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) in 2013, the INREC proactively supports the adoption of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. INREC brings together major farm and commodity organizations, major fertilizer and crop production companies, agricultural retailers and crop advisors in a formal organization to help lead environmental efforts related to water quality.

INREC has three core missions focused on measuring and demonstrating environmental progress, fostering innovation and development of new technologies, and enhancing crop advisor and ag retailer roles as “change agents” working with Iowa farmers to achieve environmental goals. Learn more.


Clean Water Iowa continues to make a difference by implementing science- and technology-based measures on our farms and in cities across Iowa. The project is organized through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship team. Learn more.

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