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Careful management will allow farmers to protect endangered species while maintaining productivity

Careful management will allow farmers to protect  endangered species while maintaining productivity
Steve Bradbury of Iowa State University said Iowa farmers are stepping up to the challenge of providing monarch habitat while maintaining crop and livestock production

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...




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