February 6, 2017

“OneWaterIowa” Quotes from Committed Agriculture Leaders in Iowa

What people are saying about IAWA

Quote block icon for thoughts from Ryan Heiniger's, North Region Manager, Pheasants Forever“We recognize there is a vital connection between wildlife habitat and water quality as well as the importance of Iowa’s agriculture. Pheasants Forever is committed to building partnerships with IAWA and others who work to conserve habitat and improve water quality. We believe Iowa farmers can and will lead the nation in producing abundant food, clean water and wildlife."

Ryan Heiniger, North Region Manager, Pheasants Forever

Quote block icon for thoughts from Steve Hershner, City of Cedar Rapids

“We believe that collaboration is the key to finding a solution that improves water quality and benefits all Iowans urban and rural. That’s the whole premise of the Middle Cedar Partnership Project. It is our hope that this will be the first step towards improvements for our own community as well as others connected down river. That’s why we are excited to see IAWA join the team.”

Steve Hershner, City of Cedar Rapids

Quote block icon for thoughts from Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad

“Farmers are problem solvers and they rise to any challenge. Iowa’s approach to positively impacting water quality as established in the nutrient reduction strategy is unprecedented nationally in both its scope and scale. The alliance will generate additional momentum to the benefit of all Iowans, rural and urban.”

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad

Quote block icon for thoughts from Kirk Leeds, CEO, Iowa Soybean Association and board chairman, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

“A simplistic, regulatory scheme will not improve water quality nor will another marketing campaign touting the importance of farming. Serious matters demand a serious approach and farmers are committed to achieving results. The IAWA is one more example of their readiness to invest private resources to make a real and meaningful impact.”

Kirk Leeds, CEO, Iowa Soybean Association and board chairman, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

Quote block icon for thoughts from John Lawrence, Iowa State University

“Water quality is an issue that deserves everyone’s attention. I’m pleased to work with IAWA to continue raising that profile. As leaders in agriculture research and extension, our activities focus on agricultural production and the emerging issues facing Iowa’s natural resources. By partnering with academia, organizations and government agencies, our clients have access to unbiased research of best practices and science-proven tools to make informed decisions for their farming operations and unique land and water situations.”

John Lawrence, Iowa State University

Quote block icon for thoughts from Bruce Wessling, Pork, Corn and Soybean Farmer

“As a farmer, I work every day to be a good steward of the land. I balance protecting the environment, improving water quality and being able to make a living. I recognize that others need extra support. I’m happy to join IAWA to do just that!”

Bruce Wessling, Pork, Corn and Soybean Farmer

Quote block icon for thoughts from Harry Ahrenholtz, Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance“In the past 15 years as part of Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, I’ve learned a great deal about the complexity of water quality. As a result of this involvement, I have developed a high level of confidence that the voluntary approach of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy will take us far in solving Iowa’s water quality. Working with IAWA will add to the progress.”

Harry Ahrenholtz, Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance