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Speakers announced for 2018 Farm News Ag Show
October 31, 2018

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Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center is bringing his knowledge of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) to the Farm News Ag show at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The INRS is Iowa's response, Helmers said to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force that began calling on states to develop comprehensive nitrogen and phosphorus loss reduction through their action plan they began in 2008.

The INRS started in 2013.

"I will talk about the strategy, what practices we can use. Try to touch on and focus on what level of implementation of practices we need. What are the challenges associated with that? And what are some of the opportunities with that as well," he said. "If we start to really increase practice adoption, I think there is opportunities for small businesses to get involved with helping with this."

Making the changes necessary is a huge task.

"We need a large change in practices on the landscape and that's not going to happen unless we have a lot of people working on this to get them implemented," he said. "And I think that is one thing that doesn't get talked about quite as much."

Helmers said show goers can expect to receive a better understanding of the INRS by attending this presentation.

"Why it's important and what practices would they think about using on their land? We will talk about how some of these practices won't work everywhere, but, hopefully get show goers thinking about what could I do? What could I be a part of and what might work within my operation," he said.

About Matt Helmers

Helmers is the Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, the Dean's Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, where he has been on the faculty since 2003.

Dr. Helmers' research areas include studies on the impact of nutrient management, cropping practices, drainage design and management, and strategic placement of buffer systems on nutrient export from agricultural landscapes. He has a regional Extension program working to increase adoption of practices that have the potential to reduce downstream nutrient export.

The 17th annual Farm News Ag Show will be held Dec. 5 and 6 at the Iowa Central East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge.

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