Iowa pork producers invest in the environment

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Pork farmers are being encouraged to adopt nitrate-reducing farming methods | Photo by Pixabay on

Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | January 30th, 2019

The Iowa Pork Producers Association–the IPPA for short–are trying to help encourage Iowa pig farmers to adopt greener farming methods. They’re partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to help fund farmers who show interest in these new, nutrient-loss reducing technologies and methods.

This new plan will help relax the costs that pig farmers who install bioreactors and saturated buffers bear, with preference given to farmers whose land could benefit from reduced nitrate loss, as the lost nitrate in water used during farming often runs into rivers and streams.

Bioreactors work by converting nitrates in the streams of water that pass through it into di-nitrogen gas. Buffers work in much the same way, removing nitrates from excess water before it can reach larger rivers, lakes, and streams.

The IPPA has pledged $25,000 to this project, adding to its long list of environmental investments, including its support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.


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