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Source: Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced two agribusinesses and two Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) as recipients of the Secretary's Iowa Ag Leader Award for outstanding leadership in improving Iowa's water quality. Northey recognized Dow AgroSciences and Two Rivers Cooperative and CCAs Kellie Blair from Dayton and Jim Anderson with Remington Seeds in Williams.

"Iowa is fortunate to have businesses like Dow AgroSciences and Two Rivers Cooperative and Certified Crop Advisers like Kellie Blair and Jim Anderson that are taking a leadership role in advancing water quality efforts in the state," Northey said. "All of these award winners are a great example of the stakeholders across the agriculture industry in Iowa that are providing tools and information to help farmers and landowners make improvements on their farm to better protect water quality."

Northey presented the awards at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa's Showcase and Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences focuses on the importance of environmental stewardship and fertilizer efficiency. With technology such as N-Serve® and Instinct® nitrogen stabilizers, growers can achieve strong yield in a way that helps protect the environment. Instinct and N-Serve keep more nitrogen available in the root zone for crops to use, which reduces the escape of nitrates into groundwater and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

"Dow AgroSciences is honored to receive the Secretary's Ag Leader Award and proud to support the state of Iowa's efforts to implement a science-based program to improve water quality," says Eric Scherder, PhD, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences. "We look forward to continuing our support of a voluntary approach to nutrient stewardship that provides growers with tools that support environmentally beneficial farming practices while maximizing yield opportunity."

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