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INRS Annual Report 2018-19 cover
July 01, 2020

The 2018-2019 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) annual report was released today by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The findings reveal increased farmer, landowner and community engagement, use of conservation practices and funding invested in soil health and water quality projects.

Wetland with waterfowl
June 24, 2020

"Farm News" interview with Iowa Nutrient Research Center Assistant Director Kay Stefanik about the importance of wetlands and the roles they play in Iowa's landscape. Article (June 19, 2020) by Kriss Nelson. 

Man with microphone in front of wetland, speaking to field day group
May 27, 2020

Fifteen years of wetlands research by Iowa State University – a study thought to be the largest and longest running project of its kind in the country – clarifies their performance as highly beneficial systems for reducing nitrogen pollution.

wetland with yellow flowers in foreground
May 14, 2020

Kay Stefanik, Assistant Director, Iowa Nutrient Research Center, discusses the ecological services wetlands provide in the Iowa agricultural landscape, in a blog post for the Iowa Learning Farms/Conservation Learning Group.  

May 04, 2020

“Farmers and landowners are important partners who help make it possible to test research in different farming and geographic situations,” said Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. “Rob Stout and Eric Hoien are two excellent examples of cooperators whose support has benefited INRC-related water quality research."

March 30, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University seeks new proposals for research that can help landowners, farmers, agribusiness and others improve water quality by reducing nitrate and phosphorus in the state’s waterways. 

March 23, 2020

The INRC Spring Seminar Series, "Water Research Past, Present and Future" will not take place as scheduled in March and April, due to campus efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 exposure. INRC plans to reschedule the presentations when conditions allow (details to be announced later). 

Matt Helmers speaking at field day
March 13, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to attend two events that have left a distinct impression—what really struck me is the creativity and passion for conservation and sustaining rural communities.
-- Matt Helmers, Conservation Learning Group blog post, March 12, 2020. 

water quality research map image with colored pins and tiles of projects
February 18, 2020

A new, online Iowa water quality research map has been launched by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The “zoomable” map, at http://www.cals.iastate.edu/inrc/map/ shows locations of water quality research projects around the state, including projects funded by the INRC through Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

January 13, 2020

A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of conservation practices.

January 08, 2020

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) at Iowa State University launches a set of seminars on “Water Research Past, Present and Future,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22.

December 13, 2019

INRC Director Matt Helmers was among the expert panelists discussing water quality and implementation of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy with farmers at the Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Des Moines. Article by Rod Swoboda in Wallace's Farmer, Dec. 13, 2019. 

 

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

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