(Posted Fri. Mar 20th, 2015)
Farmer leaders and staff from the National Corn Growers Association and its state affiliates met in Chicago last week to discuss water quality issues. During the two day conference, participants shared lessons learned from state policy efforts and reviewed NCGA’s 2015 national policy priorities on agricultural nutrients and water quality.
“NCGA’s goal is to ensure these policies are not dictated by Washington, D.C.,” said NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre. “Given the way EPA operates and how these issues are shaping up, the best defense corn growers have against overly aggressive national regulatory policies is a good offense at the state level.”
The conference facilitator, agricultural environmental consultant Tom Hebert, outlined the evolution of the national discussion on water quality.
“The public wants to believe something so critical to life is being well taken care of,” said Hebert. “Just saying something does not mean people understand you, because they are listening for different things. They don’t know the implications, and they need words backed up with credible actions they can see.”