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Iowa Farm Bureau pushes conservation at national convention

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill talks to Ben Nuelle at 98th AFBF Convention in Phoenix, AZ January 8th.

The Iowa Farm Bureau sent delegates to this year’s annual American Farm Bureau convention in Nashville.

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill says the group is bringing a large contingency from the state.

“We have 9 delegates (going) 5 which have been elected from our delegate body who will represent the grass roots at the national level, as well as myself, the vice president and a few board members.”

They will join 353 delegates from across the country. They will try to obtain the policy goals that reflect the interest of the nation in terms of agriculture. There are regional differences and commodity difference, but the group finds common ground. He says one item of interest from Iowa is conservation efforts. Hill says CRP should be used a tool to help solve water quality issues.

“We when see whole farms bid in at a very high rental rate, we would rather have them spacially distributed for interest of conservation. Those rental rates more reflect a reality so they won’t compete taking good productive acres out of production,” Hill says.

AFBF convention wraps up Wednesday in Nashville.

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