Posted on 06/30/2021 at 03:15 PM by Iowa Corn
Summer has officially arrived! Unfortunately, the vast majority of the state is dealing with varying degrees of drought. While we patiently wait for rain, below is the latest water quality news.
On the regulatory front, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a 4-3 opinion, dismissed a lawsuit seeking regulation of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Raccoon River watershed. The court defers to the legislature to make decisions regarding regulation and seeks to maintain the separate nature of the three branches of government. Click here for more information.
At the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced their intent to revise the definition of “Waters of the US” (WOTUS), citing environmental degradation caused by the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The WOTUS saga continues to seesaw with each new administration but fails to provide regulatory certainty that many groups have been seeking for decades. Click here for more information.
In more positive news, there are some great cost share opportunities available:
Finally, check out the events section and attend a field day this summer. It’s a great way to learn about new conservation practices and programs and network with other farmers and landowners. Let us know if you are interested in hosting a field day, and Iowa Corn can help sponsor it.
June 23 Research Field Day, Kanawha
June 24 Research Field Day, Nashua
June 24 Corn Stover Harvesting, Nevada
June 24 Ecosystem Markets, Webinar
June 24 Carbon Markets, Webinar
June 24 Pollinator Habitat, Virtual
June 25 Expo on the Ridge, Donahue
June 29 Climate 21 Project, Webinar
June 29 Herbicide Resistance Field Day, Kanawha
June 30 Agribusiness Showcase, Virtual
June 30 Weed Science, Webinar
July 1 Drainage Water Recycling, Virtual
July 7 Research Farm Field Day, Sutherland
July 7 Des Moines Water Works, Webinar
July 8 Weed Science Field Day, Ames
July 8 Carbon Reduction, Webinar
July 8 Prairie Establishment, Virtual
July 13 Ecosystem Markets, Webinar
July 14 Carbon Credit Markets, Virtual
July 15 Ecosystem Markets, Webinar
July 23-24 LICA field day, Melbourne
July 26-28 Soil & Water Conservation Society Conference, Virtual
August 5-6 National Strip Tillage Conference, Omaha
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses how Iowa’s strong ag economy is based on its soil, water, and people. We are striving to keep Iowa ag productive, profitable, and take care of our natural resources.