About IMMAG/IMMAG Members

Mission Statement

To provide a vehicle for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to improve manure management in Iowa.

The Iowa Manure Management Action Group ( IMMAG ) was established in the spring of 1997 through the leadership of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. IMMAG is a state-level committee with representation from the following private and public sector groups: Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Environmental Council, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Turkey Federation, Iowa State Dairy Association, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Farm Credit Services of America, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension, and the College of Agriculture.

The goal of IMMAG is to identify and share manure management information and educational programs, which can be used by producers, technical agencies, educational institutions, researchers, and the general public. Many producer organizations, in particular, are concerned that among all the sponsored manure management activity, information is accumulating among numerous organizations without a systematic plan for collection and dissemination of the information. At the same time, complete and accurate information is becoming a priority need for producers and their technical and legal advisors.

In response to the need for information regarding manure management, IMMAG has established an electronic clearinghouse. The objectives of the clearinghouse are: 1) to provide access to comprehensive information on manure management research and application, 2) identify relevant manure management publications and educational programs and convert these to electronic form, if needed, 3) solicit needed resources from qualified sources, and 4) maintain the Clearinghouse on a web site that is easily accessible.

IMMAG Members

Iowa State University Extension

Iowa State University Extension is an educational organization that is responsible for providing current research-based information on cropping systems, nutrient management, handling, storage, application and odor reduction methods for manure management in the state of Iowa. Information gained during research trials is evaluated for effectiveness and economic feasibility and is distributed through the media, publications, educational programs and demonstrations to the public.

For more information contact your local county extension office on the web at
www.extension.iastate.edu/Counties/state.html or Iowa State University Extension, 132 Curtiss Hall, Ames, IA 50011, (515) 294-7801.

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to excellence in:

  • preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers or further education;
  • basic and applied research programs contributing to the advancement of science and progress toward social, economic, and environmental goals;
  • Extension programs and outreach to increase knowledge and understanding; disseminate information on new technology; and help in decision making in agriculture, rural communities, and society.

To achieve its mission the College assumes responsibility for helping protect, maintain and improve Iowa's natural resources through discovery and diffusion of knowledge and technology.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Farm Bureau is an association of farm families and non-farm members who recognize that prosperity of agriculture is essential to the well-being of their communities. Farm Bureau members join at the county level. Their county membership dues entitle them to the programs and services provided by the state and national organizations. Membership is voluntary and Farm Bureau members each year are given the opportunity to renew or cancel their membership. Iowa's annual membership has grown steadily since 1969 and is now more than 153,000 member families.

For more information about the programs and services for members contact the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation at 515-225-5418. Information about manure management activities in regard to state rules and regulations should be addressed to Chris Gruenhagen at 515-225-5528; questions about the organization's involvement in member education and programming regarding general water quality issues should be addressed to Rick Robinson at 515-225-5432.

Iowa Cattlemen's Association


Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association


Iowa Beef Center

The Iowa Beef Center was created to enhance the vitality, profitability and growth of the Iowa beef industry. Environmental management of feedlots is a priority program of the IBC.

For more information call (515) 294-BEEF, Fax (515) 294-1700.

Iowa Pork Industry Center

To promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and help strengthen rural development efforts.

For more information contact the Iowa Pork Industry Center, 109 Kildee Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3150 Phone: (515) 294-4103, 1-800-PORKLine (Iowa only) Fax: (515) 294-5698, e-mail: ipic@iastate.edu.

Iowa Pork Producers Association

We support legislation on environmental regulations which are based on science, maximize producer ability to recycle nutrients through crops, provide reasonable separation distances between facilities and neighbors, provide protection from nuisance lawsuits for producers who are meeting all state and federal regulations, and is adopted on a statewide, uniform basis.

For more information please contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association, 1636 NW 114th Street, Clive, IA 50325. Phone (515) 225-7675, Fax (515) 225-056.

Iowa Poultry Association

The Iowa Poultry Association is a voluntary trade association representing people interested in the general welfare the poultry production, poultry products, eggs or allied industries. IPA encourages and coordinates activities with all segments of the poultry industry, which foster, develop, improve and promote the production and consumption of eggs, poultry and poultry products. IPA solicits the cooperation of recognized educational and other institutions working to apply sound scientific principles in the development of the poultry industry.

For more information, contact Kevin S. Vinchattle, Executive Director, Iowa Poultry Association, 8515 Douglas Avenue, Suite 9, Urbandale, IA 50322, phone 515-727-4701, fax 515-727-4707.

Iowa Turkey Federation

For more information contact Gretta Irwin, Executive Director, Iowa Turkey Federation, PO Box 825, 535 E Lincoln Way, Ames IA 50010, phone 515-232-7492, Fax: 515-232-2825.

Agribusiness Association of Iowa

The Agribusiness Association of Iowa represents 1700 agricultural retail businesses across the state. The Association’s mission is to advocate, educate, and communicate to and for members regarding issues that impact the retail ag industry. Member interests included, but are not limited to, plant food, feed, grain, plant production, and custom application equipment. The Association’s President/CEO is Ed Beaman. Mona Bond, Legislative Director, currently serves on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the NRCS State Technical Committee.
For more information contact: Mona Bond, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, 900 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Tel.: 800-383-1682 or 515-262-8323, Fax: 515-262-8960.

Conservation Districts of Iowa

Providing education and leadership through local districts to promote conservation of natural resources.
Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) augments the work of the 100 local conservation districts in their efforts to protect Iowa's land and water resources.

District programs address county needs and Conservation Districts of Iowa supports district projects through state-wide education, legislative, and marketing efforts.

For more information contact Darrell Weems, Conservation Districts of Iowa,  P.O. Box 367, 110 S. Chestnut St., Earlham, IA 50072,  Tel.: 515-758-3880,  Fax 515-758-3881.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

To promote stewardship of the air, land and water resources of Iowa by protecting and allocating these resources consistent with state and federal law, in the interest of preserving and enhancing public health and safety and quality of life for all persons and future generations. To ensure all persons in Iowa have clean air to breathe, surface waters meeting applicable designated uses, and groundwater and land resources free from harmful contamination. To protect public safety and property from the adverse effects of floods and ensure water resources are put to beneficial use.

For more information contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 502 E 9th Street, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, 515-725-8200.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Helping Iowans conserve natural resources through technical and financial assistance. For more information contact your local county NRCS office (or USDA Service Center) or USDA/NRCS, 210 Walnut Street, 693 Federal Building, Des Moines, IA 50309-2180 or 515-284-4370.

 Iowa Environmental Council

The Iowa Environmental Council is a non-profit alliance of 65 member organizations and over 600 individual members. The Council's mission is to seek a sustainable future through shaping pubic policy, research and education, coalition-building and advocacy. The Council has identified manure management as one of six priority issues for water quality protection in Iowa. The Council's Research Director, Susan Heathcote, serves on the Iowa Manure Management Action Group.

For more information contact: Marian Riggs Gelb, Iowa Environmental Council, 711 East Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Phone (515) 244-1194, Fax (515) 244-7856.

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

The mission of the Division of Soil Conservation includes setting the state's priorities, formulating and implementing programs, and establishing policies for protecting and conserving the soil, water and mineral resources of Iowa. The division provides assistance and support to Iowa's 100 soil and water conservation districts, and offers financial incentive programs to assist farmers with the installation of soil and water conservation practices, including livestock waste management systems. The Division also administers the REAP Water Quality Protection Project program that supports local watershed projects to protect and enhance priority water resources.

For more information contact the Division of Soil Conservation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319, (515) 281-5851, Fax (515) 281-6170. Information requests concerning Division programs related to manure management should be addressed to Dean Lemke at (515) 281-3963, dean.lemke@idals.state.ia.us

Iowa State Dairy Association

The Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA) is dedicated to building a strong communication link between producers, consumers, legislators, and environmental organizations. The ISDA provides a forum through which members of the dairy industry can help facilitate and implement policies that have a direct impact on dairy producers in Iowa.

MISSION: Facilitate, grow and promote the Iowa dairy industry.

VISION: Provide direction for and act as a catalyst for a strong, enthusiastic and growing Iowa dairy industry.

For more information contact: Jessica Bloomberg, Industry Relations Manager, Iowa State Dairy Association, Dairy Center, 101 NE Trilein, Ankeny, IA 50021 (515) 971-3620, Fax (515) 964.5498, jessicab@iowadairy.org

Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association

ICNAA membership consists of commercial nutrient applicators, confinement site manure applicators, service providers and associate members. ICNAA is recognized as a united voice and is currently providing input to elected officials on issues concerning our industry.

Feel free to contact the ICNAA office at 515-262-8323 or 800-383-1682 for more information. Joan O'Brien and Mona Bond are the contacts for ICNAA.