Talking Soil Health with Secretary Northey
December 24, 2015
As farmers, we believe in being stewards of the land and water for our families, our communities and the next generation. Iowa Corn Promotion Board continues to take the lead in helping farmers find sustainable and doable science-based solutions to conservation and water quality issues. As part of this effort, Iowa Corn announced today it will hold a farmer-to-farmer roundtable discussion on Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Fisher Theater, Iowa State University in Ames.
Invited to moderate the discussion is Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Three Iowa farmers will share their conservation practices. Northey will lead the panel in discussions on investing in technologies and practices to improve soil and water quality. Participants will include:
- Jerry Mohr, East-central Iowa Farmer
- Jolene Riessen: Northwest Iowa Farmer
- Steve Berger: Southeast Iowa Farmer
As Chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Jerry Mohr understands the importance of using conservation practices, like incorporating cover crops, as a means of implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. “The way I look at it is, when dirt moves, part of me moves,” said Mohr. “We need to preserve the top soil so we can grow productive crops today and for the next generations. The more we can convene as farmers in adopting changes, the further we will be in having a long-term positive impact.”
To participate, go to www.iowacorn.org/water for information on attending in-person or watching the discussion via livestream.
Iowa Corn key water quality initiatives include:
- Engaging in unique initiatives like the Soil Health Partnership which employ real-world, farmer-to-farmer education and encourage adoption of practices to support soil and water quality.
- Working with the Iowa Ag Water Alliance to unify agriculture’s water quality efforts.
- Proactively communicating the positive steps farmers are taking to implement these practices on their farms.