Conservation

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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.

Some Conservation Programs Expire with Farm Bill

Oct 22, 2013
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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.

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013
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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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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.

Court Ruling May Reduce CRP Acres

Jul 8, 2013
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A recent federal tax court ruling might affect the amount of farmland in Southeast Iowa that’s put into conservation programs.

More SEIA Farmland to Conservation

Jul 3, 2013
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The amount of farmland in conservation programs across Iowa as dropped in the past decade, but Southeast Iowa has actually seen an increase.

Group Wants Farm Subsidies Linked to Environment

Jun 18, 2013
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The US Senate passed a new five year farm bill last week and the house may take it up as early as this week.

Wetland Restoration Program Funding in Question

Feb 1, 2013
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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.

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.