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Getting the whole story on nitrate levels in Iowa's water

Getting the whole story on nitrate levels in Iowa's water

I read with great interest the recent Des Moines Register story, "High Nitrate Levels Plague 60 Iowa Cities" and the subsequent editorial, "Nitrate pollution is a statewide problem." Unfortunately, The Register mis­­represented many parts of its story, favoring fear over facts. A look at the data tells a much different story, one that is complex but more progressive than the media is sharing.

We can all agree that managing nitrates is a challenge — an ongoing one for everyone who lives in Iowa and hopes to save our naturally fertile, nitrogen-rich soils. When it comes to conservation and water quality, today’s responsible farmers have and always will continue to embrace both. There is no excuse for those who don’t.

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