OTHER VOICES: Farm Bill loophole must be closed to protect Iowa’s land and water

Outlet: Sioux City Journal

May 4, 2012

For the past 25 years, farmers have observed a conservation compact with the American people – an acknowledgment that voluntarily accepting taxpayer money in the form of subsidies carries a responsibility to protect soil, water and wildlife habitat. Yet as lawmakers sit down to write the 2012 Farm Bill, this fundamental agreement, known as “conservation compliance,” is under threat.