Last week, the Water Quality Working Group—comprised of state and national corn staff—convened virtually for their bi-annual meeting.
During round table discussions, participants shared policies and regulations affecting their state, as well as local programs impacting agriculture, conservation, nutrients, and water quality. The group also received updates on issues surrounding constructed wetlands, online watershed analysis, cover crop and prevented planting legislation, the future of Navigable Waters Protection Rule, and the new administration’s infrastructure and climate package.
“We have a dynamic and proactive group,” said NCGA Director of Stewardship and Sustainability Rachel Orf. “Every member is committed to sharing their knowledge and resources so we can stay apprised of water quality and sustainability issues that directly impact our corn growers.”
This meeting of the Water Quality Working Group brought together state corn staff representing Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin as well as staff from the National Corn Growers Association.
Some members plan to come together in July to participate in NCGA’s Action Team meetings that will be held in New Orleans; they hope to meet in person again this fall for the second of their 2021 meetings.