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Laura Hommel

March 11, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

Recently the Iowa Nutrient Strategy plan was introduced by the Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University to address comprehensive measures to improve water quality. The report explores ways for both rural and urban sources to reduce run-off nutrients.

Even though Grundy County does not have rivers, protecting water quality is still important to our farmers. Water flows from one field to another regardless of fence lines. The voluntarily efforts of farmers to reduce nutrient runoff have a positive impact on farms both around them and throughout the watershed.

Farmers use science and technology to make improvements with their nutrient management. One example is that we monitor the nutrient levels in our fields by taking regular soil tests. Then our fertilizer can be applied at variable rates across the field, only where they are needed. Even our hog manure is tested for its nutrient content before it is injected into the field as fertilizer at an appropriate rate.

If people from both the urban and rural areas work together to support this plan, we will continue to improve water quality. Our state has taken the lead with this plan and I hope it will become a model for others to follow.

Laura Hommel,

Melrose Township



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