House bill would help protect Driftless Area

A bill in the House would utilize sustainable ag practices to help preserve the Driftless Area, a region where soil erosion is prevalent in parts of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The landscape of the Driftless Area encompasses steep hills, forested ridges, river valleys and other unique ecological systems.

Iowa Republican Ashley Hinson tells Brownfield the legislation would provide farmers with conservation tools to manage working lands, prairies, and cold-water streams.

“The Driftless Area is such a unique geographical area,” she said. “With those characteristics, it provides great value to clean water and good soil – all of these things that help us be better stewards of the environment.”

The Driftless Area Landscape Conservation Initiative (DALCI) Act would re-launch an expired USDA program that helped farmers fight erosion, improve water quality, and reduce flood risk.

Illinois Democrat Eric Sorensen is co-authoring the legislation.

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