Hemp to Solve Iowa’s Water Problems

Aaron Schoeneman Environment

In 2013, Iowa enacted the Nutrient Reduction Strategy in response to alarming excesses of nitrates, phosphates, and other pollutants in Iowa’s groundwater. These excess nutrients flow to the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico where they pool and evolve into a hypoxic “dead zone” impairs marine life and threatening local economies. Iowa’s water quality problem has been magnified …

Response to The Des Moines Register’s Water Quality Article

Aaron Schoeneman Legislation

In the 2016 Iowa legislative session no two issues will be as contentious as education and water quality. An article in last Monday’s Register explained the tradeoff with education Gov. Branstad anticipates as necessary to fund water quality projects despite Iowa receiving $150 million for 2016 water quality projects. Although Iowa has a rich educational tradition, according to U.S. News & …

Hemp as a Solution to Soil Compaction and Erosion

Aaron Schoeneman Industrial Hemp

Aaron Schoeneman, Founder and Director, Iowa Hemp Association Since the beginning of time, existence was understood to be dependent on a symbiotic relationship with the environment. While this is still true today, many modern farm practices stress the land in the pursuit of reaching the needs of an ever-growing population. For example, focusing on only two major agricultural crops, corn …