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Conserving the Land, Water, People and Communities: The 2012 Farm Bill Forum

Every five years, a massive piece of legislation called the Farm Bill determines how tens of billions of dollars will be spent to shape American agriculture and rural communities. Join us on June 22nd at the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League to learn how the Farm Bill impacts our food, soil, air, water and budgets, and how you can shape sustainable food and farm priorities. Additionally, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Iowa's Farm Bill conservation priorities. 

Areas of discussion will include easements, working lands, Conservation Compliance, and the Mississippi River Basin Initiative.

Draft Agenda:

9:30Welcome; Introductions
9:45




Overview of Farm Bill programs in Iowa:

John Whitaker, Director - Iowa FSA
Richard Sims, State Conservationist - Iowa NRCS 

10:30Farm Bill Conservation: Delivery, Results, Needs 

I. Conservation Easements & Reserves (Duane Sands, Iowa Natural Heritage; Duane Hovorka, Nebraska Wildlife Federation
II. Working Land Conservation (Traci Bruckner, Center for Rural Affairs; Francis Thicke and Practical Farmers of Iowa farmers
III. Conservation Compliance (Brad Redlin, Izaak Walton League)
IV. Targeting Conservation (Sean McMahan, The Nature Conservancy)

12:30

1:00
     
Lunch

Luncheon Speakers:
 
Tom Shipley, Director of Issues Management and Policy Implementation - Iowa Cattlemen's Association
Jim Gillespie, Field Services Bureau Chief - Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
 
2:00Discussion: Iowa's Farm Bill Conservation Priorities
3:00Next steps; Adjourn

This event is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided. However, an RSVP is required by June 15. Please contact Gwen Steel at (651) 649-1446 or gsteel@iwla.org to reserve your spot, or if you have any questions. 

The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is located at 4343 George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America, Iowa Environmental Council,
Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and the Center for Rural Affairs.

 
 
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