Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey requested nearly $2.5 million yesterday for an ag water quality initiative as part of the Iowa Department of Agriculture's fiscal year 2014 budget request.
The request would provide $150,000 for staffing, $575,000 for marketing and outreach, and a full $1.6 million for water quality initiative cost share. The initiative also proposes an additional $4.4 million dollars for the 2015 fiscal year.
Apart from the water quality initiative, IDALS requested a status quo budget that covers negotiated increases in personnel and benefit costs for employees. The department also requested funding for the agriculture drainage well closure program be maintained, which would bring the total number of closed wells to 262.