Corn Growers Support Bond-Tanner Initiative To Reduce Nitrogen Runoff in Rivers, Lakes and Streams

Effort Underway to Include Incentives for Widespread Soil Testing

To Achieve Additional Results



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Corn Growers Association

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Corn Growers Association
 (ACGA), a proven leader in addressing the problems of nitrogen runoff, has
 endorsed legislation recently introduced by Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond,
 R-Mo, and John Tanner, D-Tenn.  The Fishable Waters Act (S 678 and HR 325)
 will provide $350 million per year for clean water projects geared towards
 reducing the amount of nitrogen and chemicals that run off into rivers, lakes
 and streams.
     "It is clear that the problem of hypoxia and high nitrate levels is due,
 in part, to nitrogen fertilizer use. The Bond-Tanner legislation will enable
 farmers to use voluntary measures to rectify a problem agricultural producers
 have partially contributed to," said Larry Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer
 of the ACGA. "The combination of the Bond-Tanner initiative along with the
 ACGA's Agricultural Water Quality Restoration Program (AWQRP) will go a long
 way towards solving a serious environment concern."
     The AWQRP has been developed in conjunction with the American Corn Growers
 Foundation and is based on the efforts of the organizations' over the past
 five years to recognize and address the "Dead Zone" problem in the Gulf of
 Mexico. Under the AWQRP, farmers will be encouraged to utilize soil testing as
 a means to reduce nitrate levels. According to university studies, 20 percent
 of all nitrate levels could be reduced with widespread soil testing.
 Therefore, financial incentives such as governmental cost sharing or tax
 incentives should be included in this legislation.
     "Soil testing can address the growing problem of nitrogen runoff. Not only
 is this a logical way to deal with the environmental problem of runoff, but it
 could also reduce a farmer's input costs, especially with the high costs of
 nitrogen fertilizers," added Mitchell.
     'The ACGA will work with Senator Bond and Congressman Tanner to include
 our AWQRP into their current legislation. The combination of this program and
 the Fishable Waters Act will help provide clean water for generations to come.
 This will allow production agriculture to play a responsible role in solving a
 serious problem that effects the lives of our children and all Americans,"
 concluded Mitchell.
 
 

SOURCE American Corn Growers Association
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Corn Growers Association
 (ACGA), a proven leader in addressing the problems of nitrogen runoff, has
 endorsed legislation recently introduced by Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond,
 R-Mo, and John Tanner, D-Tenn.  The Fishable Waters Act (S 678 and HR 325)
 will provide $350 million per year for clean water projects geared towards
 reducing the amount of nitrogen and chemicals that run off into rivers, lakes
 and streams.
     "It is clear that the problem of hypoxia and high nitrate levels is due,
 in part, to nitrogen fertilizer use. The Bond-Tanner legislation will enable
 farmers to use voluntary measures to rectify a problem agricultural producers
 have partially contributed to," said Larry Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer
 of the ACGA. "The combination of the Bond-Tanner initiative along with the
 ACGA's Agricultural Water Quality Restoration Program (AWQRP) will go a long
 way towards solving a serious environment concern."
     The AWQRP has been developed in conjunction with the American Corn Growers
 Foundation and is based on the efforts of the organizations' over the past
 five years to recognize and address the "Dead Zone" problem in the Gulf of
 Mexico. Under the AWQRP, farmers will be encouraged to utilize soil testing as
 a means to reduce nitrate levels. According to university studies, 20 percent
 of all nitrate levels could be reduced with widespread soil testing.
 Therefore, financial incentives such as governmental cost sharing or tax
 incentives should be included in this legislation.
     "Soil testing can address the growing problem of nitrogen runoff. Not only
 is this a logical way to deal with the environmental problem of runoff, but it
 could also reduce a farmer's input costs, especially with the high costs of
 nitrogen fertilizers," added Mitchell.
     'The ACGA will work with Senator Bond and Congressman Tanner to include
 our AWQRP into their current legislation. The combination of this program and
 the Fishable Waters Act will help provide clean water for generations to come.
 This will allow production agriculture to play a responsible role in solving a
 serious problem that effects the lives of our children and all Americans,"
 concluded Mitchell.
 
 SOURCE  American Corn Growers Association