The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation reports activities in support of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy each year, as do many other private organizations, and state and federal agencies. Here is the summary of the county and state Farm Bureau activities for the June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018 period, as reported to Iowa State University for their annual report. These "inputs" and "human" activities are the kinds of short-term measures of desirable change noted in the logic model (a progress measurement tool, pictured above) that lead to long-term land and water quality improvements.
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation actively supported 2018 legislation to create a long-term, sustainable funding source to help advance the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Senate File 512 dedicates a total of $282 million in new funding over the next 12 years, as follows: $156 million to nonpoint (ag land) edge-of-field and in-field conservation practices, and $126 million for point source efforts, including a grant program, a revolving loan fund, urban conservation, and watershed projects that benefit both point source and nonpoint source efforts. This historic legislation was the first bill signed by Governor Kim Reynolds in the 2018 session. In addition, Farm Bureau supported $10.575 million in annual funding for the strategy and the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship’s implementing Water Quality Initiative, $7.835 million for the soil conservation cost-share program, and $1.875 million for the ag drainage well closure program.
County Farm Bureau Activities
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