Weaver ‘not o.k.’ with voluntary approach to dealing with nitrate problems

Radio Iowa | O. Kay Henderson | 9/30/16

Weaver ‘not o.k.’ with voluntary approach to dealing with nitrate problems

Kim Weaver, the Democrat running for Iowa’s fourth district congressional seat, says it’s time to set limits on the amount of nitrogen farmers may apply to their fields.

“If you look at a heat map of where the nitrates come down, the majority of the nitrates that contribute to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a lot of it comes from Iowa,” Weaver says. “And I believe that by educating farmers and even people who put fertilizers on their yards, I mean, all of that adds up.”

Weaver says if the state doesn’t act to end “voluntary” farming decisions about the amount of nitrogen applied to cropland, then “maybe the federal government should step in.”

“I’m not really o.k. with voluntary,” Weaver says. “I think that we need to have some limits.”

Weaver also supports increasing government grants and subsidies to farmers to finance soil and water conservation measures.

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