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Conserving the Land, Water, People and Communities: The 2012 Farm Bill Forum
Every five years, a massive piece of legislation called the Farm Bill determines how tens of billions of dollars will be spent to shape American agriculture and rural communities. Please join us on June 22nd at the Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League to learn how the Farm Bill impacts our food, soil, air, water and budgets, and how you can shape sustainable food and farm priorities. Additionally, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Iowa's Farm Bill conservation priorities.

Draft Agenda:

Welcome; Introductions
Overview of Farm Bill programs in Iowa:

John Whitaker, Iowa FSA Director
Richard Sims, Iowa NRCS State Conservationist

Farm Bill Conservation: Delivery, Results, Needs

I. Conservation Easements & Reserves (Duane Sands, Iowa Natural Heritage; Duane Hovorka, Nebraska Wildlife Federation)
II. Working Land Conservation (Traci Bruckner, Center for Rural Affairs; Francis Thicke and Practical Farmers of Iowa farmers)
III. Conservation Compliance (Brad Redlin, Izaak Walton League)
IV. Targeting Conservation (Craig Cox, Environmental Working Group)

Luncheon Speaker:

Jim Gillespie, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Discussion: Iowa's Farm Bill Conservation Priorities
Next steps; Adjourn

This event is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided. However, an RSVP is required by June 15. Please contact Gwen Steel at (651) 649-1446 or [email protected] to reserve your spot, or if you have any questions. We hope you will join us!

The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is located at 4343 George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League of America, Iowa Environmental Council,
Nebraska Wildlife Federation, and the Center for Rural Affairs.
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