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prairie strips along Iowa Great lakes
October 28, 2022

AMES, Iowa–Formally known as Prairie STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips,” these narrow bands of 30-120 foot wide prairie are a federally recognized conservation practice that has shown significant benefits for water quality improvement, wildlife conservation, pollinator habitat, and aesthetic beauty.

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September 15, 2022

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of just over $1.4 million to support a dozen new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2022-2023.

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August 19, 2022

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new seminar series highlighting outcomes and impacts from a decade of research. The series will start this fall and continue through spring 2023. Two presenters each month will discuss INRC-supported projects. Sessions will take place the second Wednesday of each month, from 3:10-4 p.m., beginning Sept. 14. The seminars are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register in advance at: https://go.iastate.edu/GBIZX7

Map of Iowa with watersheds outlined and yellow dots indicating monitoring sites for study
August 17, 2022

AMES, Iowa – When can we expect to see reduced levels of nutrients in our water if we make positive changes on the landscape? New Iowa State University research shows how complicated it is to give a sound answer to that question.

The research is featured in a recent article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Quality, co-authored by Ph.D. student Gerasimos J. Danalatos, Professor Michael Castellano and Associate Professor Sotirios V. Archontoulis, in Iowa State’s Department of Agronomy, and Calvin Wolter, a Geographic Information Systems analyst with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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August 10, 2022

AMES, Iowa — Drainage experts from around the world will convene in Des Moines, in person, Aug. 31- Sept. 2, to discuss agricultural drainage opportunities and solutions to challenges at the 11th International Drainage Symposium.

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August 02, 2022

INRC Assistant Director Kay Stefanik shares information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) N-Load model and recent revisions made to to allow for a finer scale in estimating nitrate loss. 

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March 28, 2022

AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research projects designed to reduce nitrate

Steven Hall in the lab
November 11, 2021

A newly published study found that poorly drained agricultural soils emit enough of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide that the resulting climate change effects could far exceed the benefits of using the same soils as a means of sequestering carbon.The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was authored by Steven Hall, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology; Nathaniel Lawrence, ISU graduate student in ecology, evolution and organismal biology; Carlos Tenesaca, research scientist in ecology, evolution and organismal biology; and Andy VanLoocke, associate professor of agronomy. Funders for the work included the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. 

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October 20, 2021

Drainage experts from around the Midwest will gather November 23 in Ames to share and discuss updates on drainage issues, research and technology at the 2021 Drainage Research Forum in Ames. The event will be held at the Ames Gateway Hotel and Conference Center on Green Hills Drive with a virtual online option for participation. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and refreshments, and the program is scheduled for 9:30 to 3:45 p.m. More details and registration information is available at https://www.regcytes.extension.iastate.edu/drainageresearch/.

 

Two men bending down to look at plants growing in a field of corn
October 15, 2021

Iowa State University scientists, including Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, are leading a multi-institutional effort to reimagine cover crops by using perennial groundcovers to protect the environment and benefit crop production. The researchers recently received a $10 million grant to support their work. The Iowa Nutrient Research is proud to have funded some of the preliminary work that set the stage for this exciting project.

September 21, 2021

The Iowa Water Center and Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University will jointly fund research to explore the linkages between water quality and social well-being for Iowa communities. Projects must be led by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa or the University of Northern Iowa. Applicants must submit a proposal intention by Nov. 1, 2021, with full proposals due November 15. Funded projects may start as early as March 2022.

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September 01, 2021

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of over $1.4 million to support 11 new

August 19, 2021

A new user-friendly dashboard for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was released Aug. 13, 2021, which uses visual reporting tools, like charts, graphs and maps, to share the data instead of a longer, narrative-based report. The information for the 2020 report update is included within the dashboard. Moving forward, the online dashboards will be updated regularly as data is collected from a variety of sources and partners.

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August 17, 2021

AMES, Iowa – A fall seminar series on Iowa water quality research focused on, "New Technologies, New Tools and Emerging Concerns" begins Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, hosted by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University.

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