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DES MOINES -- The Iowa DNR learned Wednesday that a project to allow farmers to submit manure management plans online won an award in the 2018 national Government Experience Awards.
The project was recognized in the Government-to-Business Experience category, one of six categories acknowledging how all levels of government are working to improve citizens’ interactions with their government.
Historically, about 7,000 Iowa farmers had to fill out paper forms, drive miles to get them signed and leave a copy of the manure management plan at the county courthouse, and then submit the signed forms to DNR.
“Our goal was to cut the time and effort it takes for farmers to submit annual plans, while maintaining the information we need,” said Bill Ehm, head of DNR’s environmental division. “Now instead of days, they can use their smart phone to file the plan and pay fees online in minutes. That’s a tremendous savings for all involved.
“The online process makes everyone’s lives easierthe producers, and DNR and county staff,” he added. “It should also be helpful for records.”
The awards are presented by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policy and best practices in state and local government. California, Maryland, Texas and Utah also won in the State Government-to-Business focus area. Find overall award winners atwww.govtech.com/cdg/digital-government-achievement/Government-Experience-Awards-2018-Winners-Announced.html.
Learn more about the eMMP, including how to submit one and the stakeholders involved in the project at www.iowadnr.gov/emmp.