AMES, Iowa — Jamie Benning has been hired as water quality program manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. As an extension agronomist the past 13 years she has led multi-state water quality projects, supported farmer-led watershed initiatives and conducted agronomic research.
“Water quality is an issue that deserves additional attention,” said John Lawrence, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension director. “We have a lot of activity in water quality and agricultural production. Having Jamie focused on coordinating water quality resources will be a great asset to ISU Extension and Outreach and the Iowans we work with on this issue.”
Iowa State University was a partner in the development of the statewide nutrient reduction strategy, working with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources over a two-year period to develop the initiative.
The resulting strategy, finalized in May 2013, is the first time such a comprehensive and integrated approach addressing both point and nonpoint sources of nutrients has been completed. Iowa State continues to partner for the implementation of the Water Quality Initiative and helping farmers understand what tools and practices best fit their unique land and water situation.
Benning has worked with state and local partners, as well as members of watershed groups, through her water quality projects across Iowa and the Midwest. She is looking forward to providing cohesive access to essential research and extension support.
“Every Iowa farmer can be part of protecting our water resources,” Benning said. “Coordinating Extension’s efforts so all our specialists have science-proven and emerging practices to share with their clients will move us toward our statewide goals.”
Benning can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 515-294-6038.
PHOTO: Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Water Quality Program Manager