Jenna Ladd | October 7, 2016
The 2016 Iowa Climate Statement was released on Wednesday with the endorsement of 187 scientists from institutions across the state and local media took notice.
A conference call was held on the morning of October 5th to announce the document’s release and to take questions from interested parties. Iowa Climate Statement 2016: The Multiple Benefits of Climate-Smart Agriculture explains why sustainable farming practices such as reduced tillage, buffer zones, and cover crops are necessary and how they can benefit farmers.
Agriculture makes up about 27 percent of Iowa’s greenhouse gas emissions. The wider implementation of practices like those outlined in the document would not only reduce emissions but store additional carbon in healthier soils, scientists say. The statement asks policymakers to further incentivize farmers to participate in conservation practices. Kamyar Enshayan, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, said, “You can’t just say, ‘Do it when you want to or whenever you can.’ Policymakers need to provide incentives for beneficial action.”
The release marks the sixth annual Iowa Climate Statement, a complete record of previous climate statements can be found here.
Additional press coverage of the 2016 Iowa Climate Statement is available below:
- “Iowa scientists: Farmers, policymakers key in reducing greenhouse emissions” by Orlan Love at The Cedar Rapids Gazette
- “Climate change means more flooding for Iowa, scientists say” by Donnelle Eller at The Des Moines Register
- “Iowa climate statement urges action from agriculture” by Lauren Shotwell at Little Village
- “Climate Statement Speaks to Farmers” by Rob Dillard at Iowa Public Radio
- “Iowa scientists urge action on Climate-Smart Agriculture” by Jake Slobe at Iowa Environmental Focus