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AGRIBUSINESS: New Water Quality Website

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Yesterday the Governor's Office, the Iowa Department of Agriculture, and Iowa DNR unveiled a new water quality initiative website: cleanwateriowa.org

 Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says it's another step toward realizing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says a goal of the website is to get more conservation practices adopted by farmers.  He says farmers will be able to ask questions and gain more information about water quality.
"Most farmers want to do the right thing, we're here for the long term." He says, "We will want to control erosion, we want to maintain that productivity."

Northey adds that a majority of producers already employ some kind of conservation practices in their operations, though not necessarily the kinds of practices that are directed at water quality. For producers who don't, Northey hopes it will spark in interest in an area that hasn't had a centralized resource before.