Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Currently, Iowa is in the early years of implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS), a science-based plan that will take decades to accomplish. Experience and research has shown that it can take more than one in-field or edge-of-field practice to reach nutrient reduction goals. In tile-drained landscapes, nitrate is a key focus. The combination of practices needed to reduce nitrate loss may include cover crops, adaptive management of nutrient application rates and timing, along with practices like bioreactors or saturated buffers.

The Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), which is headquartered out of the Iowa Soybean Association in Ankeny, works with farmers and convenes partners to drive the adoption of conservation practices and other innovations that will improve water quality.

IAWA Staff

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Sean McMahon


Jim Jordahl
Director of Programs
& Operations


Zita Quade
Director of


Kaitlin Little
Program Coordinator


Emma Harper
Communications Intern