Iowa Corn announced it will hold a farmer-to-farmer panel discussion on Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Fisher Theater on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.
Invited to moderate the discussion is Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Three Iowa farmers will share their conservation practices. Northey will lead the panel in discussions on investing in technologies and practices to improve soil and water quality. Participants will include:
– Jerry Mohr, East-central Iowa Farmer
– Jolene Riessen: Northwest Iowa Farmer
– Steve Berger: Southeast Iowa Farmer
To participate, go to www.iowacorn.org/water for information on attending in-person or watching the discussion via livestream.
As Chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Jerry Mohr understands the importance of using conservation practices, like incorporating cover crops, as a means of implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. “The way I look at it is, when dirt moves, part of me moves,” said Mohr. “We need to preserve the top soil so we can grow productive crops today and for the next generations. The more we can convene as farmers in adopting changes, the further we will be in having a long-term positive impact.”
Iowa Corn key water quality initiatives include:
– Engaging in unique initiatives like the Soil Health Partnership which employ real-world, farmer-to-farmer education and encourage adoption of practices to support soil and water quality.
– Working with the Iowa Ag Water Alliance to unify agriculture’s water quality efforts.
– Proactively communicating the positive steps farmers are taking to implement these practices on their farms.