Alliance for Iowa State
-Make Your Voice Heard-

Iowans are concerned about the quality of Iowa's water resources and they look to Iowa State University for answers. Iowa State has a history of water quality and watershed research and demonstration projects. And Iowans depend on ISU Extension and Outreach for educational guidance on best practices, management tools, and evaluations based on research findings.


  • Extension specialists--ag engineering, livestock and agronomists--are partners in state-funded demonstration watershed projects. The specialists support implementation of best practices; co-coordinate field days, workshops, and other educational events; and provide input on practice siting and evaluation plans. 
  • Iowa Learning Farms is one way ISU Extension and Outreach staff work with innovative farmers and farmer groups to demonstrate conservation practices for the improvement of Iowa's water quality. Through these partnerships farmers learn by trying new practices, neighbors learn from neighbors, and the adoption of best practices grows through a network of learning and sharing.
  • The Iowa Nutrient Research Center, administered by Iowa State, funds research projects to address Iowa's water quality concerns. Extension and Outreach shares research findings with Iowa farmers and communities, giving them
    • Improved understanding of winter cover crop management and its impact on corn yield
    • New insights on the contributions of stream bed and bank erosion to phosphorus transport
    • A better understanding of the impact of climate and agricultural practices on water quality, using 40 years of Raccoon River water monitoring data
    • The latest information about nutrient reduction practices and the process for implementing practices


Iowa farmers prosper and communities thrive through connections with ISU Extension and Outreach.


Did you know? Last year more than one million people directly benefited from ISU Extension and Outreach programs -- and that's just part of our story

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Iowa and the world a better place.

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The Alliance for Iowa State is maintained by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. 


The Alliance for Iowa State is a coalition of Iowa State University alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends.

The Alliance advocates Iowa State University's land grant mission throughout Iowa while focusing its advocacy on

state legislators and public policy makers.