Iowa Farm Bureau president does not want crop insurance tied to conservation

The president of Iowa Farm Bureau does not want to see conservation tied to crop insurance in the next farm bill.

Brent Johnson tells Brownfield agriculture is making tremendous progress improving water quality and soil health by using cover crops, buffer strips, and reducing tillage.

“The other side of that though is we want to make sure that those programs stay voluntary.”

He says each producer should be able to choose what fits their farm the best.

“We want to make sure that we can maintain the wide array of practices that farmers are able to implement on their geology, their part of the state, and their particular operations.”

He says Farm Bureau is putting a lot of effort into making sure what’s working in the current farm bill is maintained in the next one. 

Brownfield interviewed Johnson last week during the Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.

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