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Agriculture summit brings farmers together from around Siouxland

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Farmers from across Siouxland came out Thursday to learn more about what's going on in their own industry.

About 200 people heard from several speakers about the role of export markets in local economies today, and how farms impact water quality.

Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey addressed the water quality issue. He said the state is promoting a science-based, voluntary initiative for farmers to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus making its way into our waterways.

"What we're trying to do is make that even smaller amounts, take what's out there and make sure we even lose less of that nitrogen and phosphorus off the farm, both for the farmer's sake, so they don't have to buy more of those inputs, but also for the water quality impact," Northey said.

"There's something called the Iowa Reduction Nutrient Strategy, which is kind of Iowa's plan to reduce the amount of surface water contaminants, mostly nitrogen and phosphate, they get in to surface water," Iowa State Extension Field Agronomist Joel DeJong said.

Along with helping people understand what's going on in our waterways, Northey said this issue reaches in to federal legislation called the Clean Water Act.

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