2014 Drainage Research Forum Held

2014 Drainage Research Forum Held

Dean Lemke and Mark Dittrich were honored at the 2014 Drainage Research Forum held Tuesday, November 18 on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Each was recognized by their ag drainage colleagues in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota for significant accomplishments and contributions through research, teaching and Extension in agricultural drainage water management.

Mr. Lemke is the Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship Director for the Agribusiness Association of Iowa.  He has over forty years of experience in developing and implementing research initiatives new technologies and policies and assistance programs to advance environmental stewardship of production agriculture.   Recently, he served as the lead author of the agricultural nonpoint source section of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Mr. Dittrich is senior planner and water quality specialist in the Agricultural Marketing and Development Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

To further mark the forum’s 15th anniversary, this year’s program featured a keynote by Dr. Wayne Skaggs on the history and future of ag drainage research.  Dr. Skaggs is a William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of drainage and agricultural water management in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Skaggs is recognized internationally for his work in drainage research and as the developer of the DRAINMOD model. 

The program also featured results and updates on drainage research and on-farm projects by university and agency research leaders from Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.

This annual tri-state event is hosted by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University Extension programs is intended for all drainage stakeholders, including state and federal agency staff, county supervisors, crop consultants, academics, contractors, and producers.  Drs. Matt Helmers of Iowa State, Gary Sands of University of Minnesota and Chris Hay of South Dakota State University served as co-hosts and organizers of the event.