Water quality, agriculture & wildlife

Water quality, agriculture & wildlife

Special session at National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic emphasizes conservation and agriculture collaboration.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is hosting a Water Quality, Agriculture & Wildlife special session on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the 2015 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.

Landowners and agency professionals will discuss the adoption of voluntary conservation practices which promote soil health, financial benefits, clean water, and increased wildlife habitat. A number of well-known speakers from Iowa's agriculture community will be featured, including Roger Wolf from the Iowa Soybean Association, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

Water quality, agriculture

Topics will focus on water quality programs and best-management practices designed to help Iowa fulfill goals outlined in the state's Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

"Nutrient and water challenges in Iowa are too complex to solve with any single approach," says Roger Wolf, ISA director of environmental programs and services. "To achieve water quality standards, we need unprecedented alignment and coordination among many partners.  Pheasants Forever and the Iowa Soybean Association are working together to help farmers continuously improve soil and water management, while supporting various conservation measures. What's not to like about that?"

Water Quality, Agriculture & Wildlife Special Session
2 p.m.
Welcome / Pheasants Forever and Farming Forever, Ryan Heiniger, north region manager, Pheasants Forever

2:10 p.m.
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Secretary Bill Northey, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; Matt Lechtenberg, water quality coordinator, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

2:30 p.m.
Rainfall Simulator, Rick Bednarek - state soil scientist, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service

3 p.m.
Panel - Perspectives on Conservation for Water, Wildlife & Bottom Lines, Cover Crops, Richard Sloan, Farmer from Buchanan County, Iowa; STRIPS, Seth Watkins, farmer from Page County, Iowa

3:45 p.m.
Opportunities for Partnerships, Roger Wolf - Dir. of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association; Ben Gleason, sustainable program manager, Iowa Corn Growers Association

4:15 p.m.
Accelerating the Adoption of Voluntary Water Quality Practices, Sean McMahon, executive director, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

4:30 p.m.
Q & A for Entire Panel

5 p.m.
Adjourn

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, presented by Federal Premium Ammunition, will be the nation's largest trade show and convention for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.

The event will also highlight Pheasants Forever's accomplishments in Iowa, home to 100 Pheasants Forever chapters and three Quail Forever chapters. Local chapters account for 18,624 members statewide who have spent over $45 million to complete 111,724 wildlife habitat projects.

Learn more at Pheasantsforever.org.

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