National Resources Conservations Service monitors Iowa’s farms with aerial photography


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The National Resources Conservations Service is now using aerial photography to monitor whether or not farms are adhering to conservation rules.

This year, over 1,600 sites were looked at. The sites chosen were primarily farms with highly erodible land. The only other state subject to this kind of aerial monitoring is Montana.

Unlike the recent controversial surveillance flights by the Environmental Protection Agency, farmers were notified about the National Resources Conservation Service’s monitoring.

Read more from The Gazette here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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