Calling All Farmers, Bankers and Crop Insurance Agents

Sustainable agriculture is described as incorporating more ecologically-sound practices that preserve and renew the nation's soil, water, plant and animal resources through the elimination or reduction of dependence on energy, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Yet often when farmers consider using sustainable practices or modifying their farming practices to make them more sustainable, they are met with discouragement from certain institutions.
To understand the perception many have of sustainable farming, a survey is now being conducted among Iowa farmers, bankers, and crop insurance agents.

With funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University - Iowa Farmers Union and the Center for Rural Affairs are starting a two-year project to gather data and analyze the relationship between Iowa farmers and two major financial components of American agriculture, namely crop insurance and credit. This project will gather data on the perceptions of farmers, agricultural lenders and crop insurance agents relative to sustainable farming practices and their experiences with sustainable farming.

Iowa farmers, crop insurance agents and agricultural lenders are invited to complete the survey online at www.cfra.org/survey/agfinance. If you'd prefer a written version of the survey or have any questions about the project, please contact Kim Preston at the Center for Rural Affairs at 402-687-2100 or kimp@cfra.org.

Surveys should be completed and submitted by July 24, 2009. Those who complete the survey will be eligible for a drawing for a free, made in America, Center for Rural Affairs t-shirt.

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