On the Radio: Farm Bill

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the recently passed farm bill and what it means for Iowans. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

The recently passed farm bill contains goals for sustaining fertile soil, clean water, and alternative-energy development.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The severe problems facing Iowa’s polluted waterways will require a greater investment in conservation efforts in the future.

Environmental activists have fought for years for a “conservation compliance” policy, and they’ve finally got it. The policy will require farmers to participate in certain conservation practices in order to benefit from crop subsidies.

A “sodsaver” provision will reduce the incentives for farmers to convert grassland to farmland, a plan intended to protect native grasslands.

The bill also increases funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which is intended to provide financial assistance to farmers looking to implement conservation programs.

While some conservation improvements were approved, the new farm bill will see a cut of $6 billion from conservation efforts over the next decade.

To learn more about the farm bill, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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