Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently joined the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 2021 World Pork Expo as part of the Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here tour. Naig showcased the important role Iowa pork producers play in the state's economy and the global food chain. Iowa pork producers are also an important partner in the state's ongoing conservation efforts.
At the World Pork Expo, IPPA announced a $25,000 donation to support the implementation of edge-of-field practices across the state. The association has contributed $100,000 over the past four years to support water quality projects including saturated buffers, bioreactors and wetlands.
"Public-private partnerships are critical to advancing the conservation work underway across the state," Naig said. "We appreciate the continued investment and support of Iowa pork farmers to scale up the adoption of conservation practices that protect our natural resources like soil and water."
Practices expensive but effective
"These edge-of-field practices are some of the more expensive water quality projects for farmers to install, but they are also some of the most effective in controlling loss of nitrogen and phosphorus," said Dennis Liljedahl, IPPA president and a pig farmer from Essex. "We are pleased to continue this ongoing effort in partnership with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship [IDALS]. Leaving a better environment for the next generation of Iowans is important to us."
The Iowa Pork Producers Association is one of more than 350 partners collaborating with IDALS to provide financial assistance, leverage state funding and supply technical resources to support farmers at the local level.
To learn more about the soil heath and water quality work underway, visit cleanwateriowa.org.