Environmental Product, Service and Practice Validation. Many environmental products, services and practices exist and are forthcoming in the marketplace which have not been fully subjected to neutral science testing to validate environmental performance and benefits. INREC will collaborate with the involved manufacturers and suppliers to achieve neutral-science based performance validation while fostering innovation of new technologies. Science leadership will be by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University.
Practice Adoption Progress Measurement and Calculation of Nutrient Reduction to Iowa and Gulf Waters. Ag retailer and crop advisor records and databases will be evaluated as the primary data source for measuring progress and reporting on a regional, large river basin and statewide basis in a manner that individual farmer records are held in strict confidence. Individual data points will be aggregated into macro-scale, trend-line summaries of environmental practice adoption. The Nutrient Science Team of the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) will utilize the macro-scale results of practice adoption to calculate nutrient load reductions to Iowa and Gulf waters, which will allow INREC to report progress using the same units of measurement as that by cities and industries.
Enhance Environmental Impact of Ag Retailers and Crop Advisors in Advising Farmer Decisions and Accelerating the Adoption of Environmental Practices. The existing roles of Iowa’s ag retailers, 1300 certified crop advisors, and estimated 5000 total advisors who essentially “meet with every farmer concerning every field every year”, will be enhanced through outreach and training, to advise farmer decisions concerning environmental technologies and practices, and accelerate the environmental progress by Iowa agriculture.
Regarding nonpoint sources, develop new and expanded frameworks to track progress, beyond the traditional ambient water quality monitoring networks. Encourage expansion of geographic coverage and frequency of statistical surveys that characterize on farm actions to adopt nutrient reduction practices… develop new frameworks through ag retailers and CCAs to characterize farmer and landowner adoption of new technologies and practices that reduce nutrient transport to water from nonpoint sources… establishment and renement of a public/private reporting system that documents nutrient management and conservation system application within watersheds… private sector tracking system of conservation practices, structures, fertilizer sales and other farm inputs and outputs… privacy rights of individual farms shall be maintained…
- Iowa NRS, rev. Oct 1, 2014, PG 25
"We believe that the efforts of the Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council will elevate the level of knowledge across the agriculture industry. This will benefit not only producers, but the consumer as well."