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Old 01-16-2015, 12:32 PM   #1
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how would this help with potential new CWA rules / guidelines? plus or negative. pure speculation but it would be nice to see what others think on how it could benefit conservation efforts on the ground?
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I like that proposal. What are its chances?
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We have personally battled the County Assessor for years re assessments on WRP/EWP/CRP and non-revenue producing native prairie. They claim it was a "management decision" and therefore they have continued to assess as row crop ground or "useable pasture" - even though it is often covered with water and wet areas and enrolled in EWP. County supervisors, assessors, and treasurers will fight this tooth and nail. Fremont County has ~8,000 acres in these programs plus several thousand acres that belong to the Corps of Engineers and DNR ... Branstad will never sign it is my prediction. Would be a good program though and promote native prairie and wetland marshes. Think about how owners could use the savings in property tax to improve their prairies and wetlands - it would be great for nature and wildlife.
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30 foot buffer strip of native prairie grass on every waterway and creek in Iowa would be huge. Both for habitat and to clean up drinking water. Would be some incentive for farmers if it was tax exempt.
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I think one of the issues we had was the csr rating that crp or wrp acres got or some set aside acres got. If tax at the estimated CSR rate the incentive to enroll acres into a program simply wasn't there and thus financially forced farmers to keep said marginal acres into crop production or cash rent said marginal acres simply to pay the property tax on it.

It was done intentional no question about it but maybe this will help resolve that problem. We shall see where the opposition comes from won't we?
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Riley, I like what your saying but the most successful program we have is USDA / NRCS ( CREP program ) it would greatly increase Iowa's ability to address water quality issues across the board but it has by politics been marginally funded at best with the state contribution portion being a laughing stock of the Country!

I always tell folks if you truly want to see what politicians think about Conservation & Clean Water just Review that states CREP contribution level. It will tell you just about all you need to know how some think about conservation and Clean waters.
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How could Iowa Clean up its Water quality problems and greatly improve the status of our states waters and Natural Resources? I would only change that this be strictly applied to the Sale of Agricultural land in Iowa.
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Riley, I like what your saying but the most successful program we have is USDA / NRCS ( CREP program ) it would greatly increase Iowa's ability to address water quality issues across the board but it has by politics been marginally funded at best with the state contribution portion being a laughing stock of the Country!

I always tell folks if you truly want to see what politicians think about Conservation & Clean Water just Review that states CREP contribution level. It will tell you just about all you need to know how some think about conservation and Clean waters.
I would think that as much as people want the Government to stay out of their business (and it should), farmers would want to do a better job of voluntarily planting buffer strips (which they don't). It is the only way to stave off regulations.

Now I understand that there is always a cost involved to planting natural grasses and such. Perhaps a good solution would be to designate the tax dollars collected on land covered in natural grasses be put into a fund to pay for the seed to do the planting. All of said land would be taxed for a period of time (3 to 5 years?) and then the tax would go away. This method would not cost the farmers any extra money; since they are paying the tax anyway and Government involvement would be minimized. This could all be done at the County level and keep the state out of it. It's a win for the farmers in the form of lower taxes and a win for the counties in lower cost associated with runoff.

But that's just my opinion...I could be wrong.
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State Government has driven the problem by forms of many policies why passing the buck unto the tax payer and future generations of Iowan's.

If the Government has spent a lot of money and time on these policies it is equally going to take the same to change it.
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State Government has driven the problem by forms of many policies why passing the buck unto the tax payer and future generations of Iowan's.

If the Government has spent a lot of money and time on these policies it is equally going to take the same to change it.
Not trying to argue with you or be a dick. I think we are on the same side here. But in a previous post you said that the state contribution to the NRCS and other programs was a laughing stock, so apparently they haven't spent too much money. Anyway, property taxes as you know, are levied on a local and county level. They can do with the revenues as they see fit. Show me a state rep. or senator in this state that will tell a county they aren't allowed to set up a program that will undoubtedly improve water quality. They wouldn't be on the hill very long.

Unfortunately my idea will probably never happen because somebody would have to give up control. That is, not be able to take credit when it is due.
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What I am talking about brother is Government has spent a lot of capital on AG policy vs conservation policy. To which they have spent very little.

Thats what I am talking about.
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