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semi-circle oxbow wetlad in green landscape
November 14, 2019

New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options.

cattle grazing
September 12, 2019

“I am pleased to announce the latest round of projects represent more than $2.03 million in funding for water quality research,” said Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center director and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State.

cows grazing on cover crops growing in corn stubble
August 01, 2019

Cover crops are known to protect soil and water quality, but they also can offer valuable livestock feed, according to Iowa State University research. 

July 09, 2019

As the percentage of rented farmland in Iowa continues to grow, farmers see a steady shift in who is responsible for what happens on the land.

July 01, 2019

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have announced new policies within crop insurance that will provide added flexibility for managing cover crops, beginning with the 2020 crop year.

June 07, 2019

The national The Municipal magazine (June 2019) highlights Iowa's efforts to reduce nutrient pollution, with interviews of Dan McIntosh, Southern Iowa Rural Water Association general manager, and Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient

Kay C. Stefanik
June 06, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Kay C. Stefanik, a water quality researcher at Ohio State University, has been hired as the new assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. She will begin work in Iowa on July 8. 

May 21, 2019

Iowa Learning Farms interview with Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director Matt Helmers is part of ILF's Faces of Conservation series, highlighting key contributors to ILF, offering their perspectives on the history and successes of this innovative conservation outreach program.

May 01, 2019

New research supported by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center suggests that water quality challenges would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape: road ditches.

April 02, 2019

More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits.

Field day group on Roadman Farm prairie strips near Dike, Iowa.
April 02, 2019

The Roadman family owns a farm in Grundy County on a tributary of the Cedar River that has been in the family for five generations. Years ago, Larry Roadman’s grandfather established Roadman Memorial Park to honor his father.

March 27, 2019

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is seeking new proposals for water-quality research that can help landowners reduce nitrate and phosphorus in the state’s waterways, one of Iowa’s most pressing concerns. The center will begin accepting proposals this week for its ne

March 04, 2019

Iowa State University, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Progress Report is now available at www.nu

January 24, 2019

On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farm near Ames. They packed samples from the cells — mini-bioreactors — into plastic bags and labeled them to take back to the lab, where they would measure bacterial activity and the rate of woodchip decomposition.

December 17, 2018

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting.

October 23, 2018

“If farmers have a good year growing cover crops, they can get really excited and plant more acres.

October 19, 2018

Meeting Notice - INRC Advisory Council - Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Room 1126, October 319:00-11:00 a.m. - 2018 Meeting Agenda

October 08, 2018

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University has funded 16 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2018-19.

October 08, 2018

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University has funded 16 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2018-19.

The projects represent approximately $1.7 million in funding for water quality research.

Matt Helmers, headshot
September 19, 2018

AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering has been named the new director of the 

May 29, 2018

BOONE — The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrient loss from both point sources (such as municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants) and nonpoint sources

April 02, 2018

2018 (FY19) from faculty and staff at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa to address nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient losses to surface waters.

February 07, 2017

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp and Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean John Lawrence today highlighted coordination and scaling-up of water quality efforts in presentations before House and Senate Committees in the Iowa Legislature.

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