Iowa agriculture can help protect endangered species, such as eagles and bats, while still maintaining crop, livestock and alternative energy productivity, experts said last week at the 98th annual Iowa Farm Bureau meeting held in Des Moines.

Jenny McIvor, vice president of environmental programs, compliance and permitting at MidAmerican Energy, said the company is taking steps in creating a conservation plan.

As the company has added more wind turbine projects throughout the state, it’s becoming difficult to avoid areas where eagles and bats made their habitats, she said.

"For a long time, we’ve been able to avoid...