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Conservation programs encourage long-term sustainability

Congress, whether through dysfunction, neglect or some combination, has allowed the Farm Bill to expire.

This failure to act, besides leaving thousands of farmers and related businesses in limbo for planning purposes, has frozen conservation programs and all associated funding. The most important of those is in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which is a comprehensive, working lands incentivized approach to resource conservation.

Conservation Boosts Iowa's Future Water Quality

Earlier this year, Iowa beefed up its "Nutrient Reduction Strategy" program to improve water quality, and farmers are weighing the costs and social risks of compliance. 

Iowa's water quality is at risk due to runoff from farmland, primarily caused by storms and crop tilling. Those activities send nitrates and other chemicals into Iowa's waterways, which cause downstream problems and a host of health concerns, including potential birth defects, cancers and thyroid problems. 
 

Kansans talk farm bill in Washington

Since June, I have had the honor of helping the Center for Rural Affairs educate and interact with members of Congress and farmers from Kansas on the 2018 farm bill. Most of my work has consisted of phone calls and visits in and around Kansas. But, recently, I had the chance to head to the heart of the farm bill policy discussion, Washington, D.C., to visit with the Kansas delegation on Capitol Hill.

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