Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) members applaud the House proposal to prioritize existing funds towards sustainable water quality and soil conservation practices, which protect Iowa’s fertile fields and watersheds. IFBF has long advocated for funding to advance the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science-proven conservation plan which has received national merit since it was announced three years ago.

“IFBF farmers are committed to conservation progress and this plan helps prioritize water quality funding while creating a long-term sustainable funding source to help us increase that momentum,” said IFBF President Craig Hill. “The 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life poll shows that Iowa farmers have implemented as much as $2.2 billion in the last ten years to put conservation measures in place. Because we believe in doing right by the land and our neighbors downstream, we know that work must continue. The latest House proposal, which utilizes existing funds without raising taxes, is a positive step towards ensuring that continued conservation is a success, for both urban and rural watershed stakeholders.” IFBF urges lawmakers to make water quality funding a priority this Session.