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Iowa State Names New Water Quality Program Manager

Also, ISU has a new water quality website provides information on research projects underway to improve nutrient management practices on Iowa farms.

Jamie Benning has been hired as water quality program manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As an Extension agronomist the past 13 years she has lead multistate water quality projects, supported farmer-led watershed initiatives and conducted agronomic research.

"Water quality is an issue that deserves additional attention," says John Lawrence, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension director at ISU. "We have a lot of activity in water quality and agricultural production. Having Jamie focused on coordinating water quality resources will be a great asset to ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowans we work with on this issue."

FOCUS ON WATER QUALITY: Jamie Benning has been hired as water quality program manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As an Extension agronomist the past 13 years she has lead multistate water quality projects, supported farmer-led watershed initiatives and conducted agronomic research.

Iowa State University was a partner in the development of the statewide nutrient reduction strategy, working with the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources over a two-year period to develop the initiative. The resulting strategy, finalized in May 2013, is the first time such a comprehensive and integrated approach addressing both point and nonpoint sources of nutrients has been completed. ISU continues to partner for the implementation of the Water Quality Initiative and helping farmers understand what tools and practices best fit their unique land and water situation.

ISU working with IDALS and DNR to help farmers choose the right tools and practices will save soil and protect water quality on their farm

Benning has worked with state and local partners, as well as members of watershed groups, through her water quality projects across Iowa and the Midwest. She is looking forward to providing cohesive access to essential research and Extension support.

"Every Iowa farmer can be part of protecting our water resources," Benning said. "Coordinating Extension's efforts so all our specialists have science-proven and emerging practices to share with their clients will move us toward our statewide goals."

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Benning can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 515-294-6038.

ISU's New Iowa Nutrient Research Center launches website to help farmers by providing management and research information

A website for the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University provides information on research projects underway to improve nutrient management practices on Iowa farms. The website, www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu/center is part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy website.

A link on the website, provides summaries of the center's 10 funded projects, including research on bioreactors, cover crops, new technology to more accurately predict movement of nutrients and decision-support tools for farmers. The first set of 10 projects, led by teams of scientists at ISU, the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa, address critical needs or gaps in nitrogen and phosphorus research identified in the science assessment that was part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

This new Iowa Nutrient Research Center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2013

The Iowa Nutrient Research Center was established by the Iowa Board of Regents in response to legislation passed last spring by the Iowa Legislature and signed by Gov. Terry Branstad. The center received $1.5 million for 2013-2014 from the legislature for research in areas that include evaluating the performance of current and emerging nutrient management practices, providing recommendations on implementing the practices and developing new practices.

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology-based approach to assess and reduce nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.

The new ISU center's director is John Lawrence, the associate dean for Extension and outreach in Iowa State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of ISU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach.

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