DES MOINES, Iowa – In Iowa, farmers are attempting to address the state’s abysmal water quality through the use of voluntary and long-lasting conservation practices like buffer strips and cover crops. Others feel a regulatory approach would be a better option.
The topic of conservation, especially as it relates to water quality, can at times seem like a political football.
As Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network Reporter Brandon Blue learned at the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, conservation need not come at the expense of profitability. As Jeff Thompson with Verdesian Life Sciences explained, it’s in the farmer’s best interest to keep inputs in the ground, where they can work for the next crop.
To hear about the intersection of conservation and profitability, click the audio player above this story.