AGRIBUSINESS: Water Quality Momentum Threatened By Branstad’s Budget
In a meeting with Governor Terry Branstad late last year, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey requested just over $6.5 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative in fiscal year 2015. Northey says the additional $2.5 million dollars would bring water quality funding more in line with the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s efforts on soil conservation.
On Tuesday, Branstad unveiled his proposed fiscal 2015 budget, and did not put funding toward Northey’s requests. However, funding for the Iowa Water Quality initiative will increase to $4.4 million from $2.4 million in fiscal year 2014.
In a press release Northey said, “Additional investment into the initiative is important to build on the good momentum we have had to this point.” He added, “We will continue make the case to the legislature for our budget proposal.”
Northey also requested an additional $1 million for urban conservation efforts.