Farmers and landowners have made great strides in reducing soil and phosphorus loss thanks to the adoption of soil conservation practices over the past several decades. to address another great challenge facing land and water - the loss of nitrate-nitrogen - new methods will need to be incorporated into efforts to protect the land and water.
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based framework to assess and reduce nutrients to Iowa waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It is designed to direct efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from both point and nonpoint sources in a scientific, reasonable and cost effective manner.
Clean Water Iowa links to work underway through the Iowa Water Quality Initiative (WQI), led by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, to implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) established in 2013.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University was created to identify and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources and reducing negative environmental and social impacts.
The National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), located at Iowa State University in Ames, is multidisciplinary and focused on integrating the fundamental principles in soil, water and air into animal, cropping and watershed systems that leads to improved environmental quality, sustainability and enhanced agricultural system efficiency.
The Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, known as the STRIPS project, is composed of a team of scientists, educators, farmers and extension specialists working on the prairie strips farmland conservation practice.