USDA seeks public input on conservation policy issues

As required by Congress in the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to gather public input on natural resource conservation policy issues.  The overall goal of this effort is to improve delivery of conservation services to landowners and communities, as well as to expand participation in conservation programs.

At each regional forum, discussion will focus on three broad topic areas: water security, climate variability and landscape integrity.  A panel of invited speakers will present comments, followed by open discussion with forum participants.

Providing perspectives on water security at the Rock Island meeting will be Craig Cox of the Environmental Defense Fund, and David Saxowsky, North Dakota State University.  Discussing climate variability will be David Miller of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and Gary Lemme of South Dakota State University. Landscape integrity issues will be the topic for Martin Adkins of the Iowa NRCS, Dean Lemke of the Iowa Department of Agriculture, and David Mowers of AIM for the Heartland, Toulon, IL.

There is no fee to attend the regional meetings but registration is requested  To register, go to www.farmfoundation.org and follow the link from the item on the home page.

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