Leveraging Conservation Dollars on the Farm

Conservation in Iowa_credit Lynn Betts USDA-NRCS

A new IWLA report highlights the benefits of focusing federal, state, and local conservation dollars on farm and ranch practices that help solve multiple problems facing rural areas. “Leveraging Conservation Dollars: Agricultural Prac­tices that Deliver Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, and Soil Health” assesses five conservation strategies that reduce polluted runoff, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, improve soil health, and address climate change. Prioritizing practices that address more than one natural resource problem will produce the most conservation “bang” for our taxpayer bucks.

While use of the five conservation practices covered in the report – no till, conservation buffers, cover crops, integrated pest management, and managed rotational grazing – is growing, none are in place on more than one-third of America’s farm and ranches. There is clearly room for improvement.

The League is working to educate federal, state, and local policymakers about the benefits of focusing conservation program dollars on the practices that help solve multiple natural resource problems.

You can download a copy of the full report, a summary, and the League’s 10 Steps to Leverage Conservation Dollars on our agriculture web page.

Duane Hovorka, IWLA Agriculture Program Director