Project ID



Bringing together a broad range of stakeholders to consider how Iowa has dealt with conservation and environmental issues in the agricultural sector was the prime focus of this project. The combination of a two-day conference (Sustaining Our Iowa Land 2015), pre- and post-conference surveys, and educational materials gave participants an in-depth view of the situation.

Key Question

What are the policy opportunities to help Iowa farms advance water quality as well as conservation and soil health?


The yearlong project relied on surveys, focus groups, legal reserach, and a two-day conference to explore this issue. While disagreements among stakeholders remain, there were many examples of policy options that resonate with a broad cross section of Iowans including focusing work at the watershed level, expanding the use of cover crops, and increased public funding for conservation focused on data-driven solutions.

Principal Investigator(s)

Neil Hamilton


Matt Russell

Year of Grant Completion