Conservation

House Already Approved Bill
11:45 am
Fri January 31, 2014

2014 Farm Bill Would Change US Ag Policy

Credit Discovery.com

It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.

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EQIP and CSP Will Continue
8:45 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Some Conservation Programs Expire with Farm Bill

The wetland reserve program is no longer authorized due to the lack of a farmbill.
Credit http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu

The farm bill expired at the end of September which means funding for conservation programs has dried up too, but that’s not true for not all conservation programs.

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Farm Bill Expired Sept. 30th
1:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

All USDA websites direct users to USA.gov.
Credit SSS- USDA.Gov

The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?

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Even though funding not there yet
3:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

NRCS Signing Up Farmers for 2014 Conservation Programs

2014 conservation programs will be funded by either a new farm bill or a new extension.
Credit SSS

The USDA"s Natural Resources Conservation Service is encouraging Iowa farmers to sign up for conservation programs for next year but as of now those programs have no funding.

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May affect SE Iowa.
3:39 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Court Ruling May Reduce CRP Acres

A recent federal court ruling may increase the cost of putting land into the CRP.
Credit SSS

A recent federal tax court ruling might affect the amount of farmland in Southeast Iowa that’s put into conservation programs.

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Statewide Total Down
4:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

More SEIA Farmland to Conservation

Des Moines and Henry counties saw significant increases in land enrolled in the CRP.
Credit SSS

The amount of farmland in conservation programs across Iowa as dropped in the past decade, but Southeast Iowa has actually seen an increase.

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Want Conservation Compliance included in Farm Bill
2:54 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Group Wants Farm Subsidies Linked to Environment

The Prairie Rivers Network wants conservation compliance in a new 5 year farm bill.
Credit Discovery.com

The US Senate passed a new five year farm bill last week and the house may take it up as early as this week.

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The IL NRCS's Wetland Reserve Program
11:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Wetland Restoration Program Funding in Question

Credit http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu

The future remains uncertain for a federal conservation program that helps restore wetlands across the Midwest. The Wetlands Reserve Program provides money to farmers who take former wetlands out of production and restore them.

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Halfway Through Year-Long Celebration
6:48 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Des Moines County Conservation Turns 50

The new beach at Big Hollow Recreation Area

Des Moines County Conservation is honoring its past by looking to the future.  The agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Director Kim Perlstein says Des Moines County Conservation has eight full-time employees who oversee about 1,500 acres of public property.  Two key pieces are Starr’s Cave Nature Center and Big Hollow Recreation Area.

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