Farm Bureau members adopted several policies to strengthen private property rights last week at the Iowa Farm Bureau’s (IFBF) annual Summer Policy Conference in West Des Moines.

Several of those policies related to eminent domain issues, while others dealt with unmanned aerial vehicles flying over private property and wetland determinations. Voting delegates representing Iowa’s 100 county Farm Bureaus also adopted policies to enhance conservation, protect property taxpayers and improve roads and bridges.

"It is very impressive to watch this process work," Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said at the conclusion of the two-day policy-setting conference. "This may have been one of our better policy sessions. We hashed out issues civilly and came to a conclusion that will give our organization direction for the next year."

Eminent domain

Delegates had lengthy discussions on eminent domain and farmland infrastructure policies aimed ...