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USDA Announces Wetland Compliance Listening Session

Matt Drechsel

DES MOINES, IOWA, July 9, 2014 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a listening session on Monday, July 28, to seek comments on proposed changes to wetland compliance provisions. The session will be at Ankeny Fire Station #1, 120 NW Ash Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The session will provide an opportunity for farmers and the public to provide comments on several proposed technical changes to the agency’s use of offsite wetland determination procedures. NRCS is also soliciting input on implementation strategies for the wetland mitigation banking provision provided in the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Iowa is one of six states to hold listening sessions. Four of the sessions, including Iowa, will take place in the Prairie Pothole Region, where numerous small seasonal wetlands provide important breeding and nesting for more than 60 percent of the Nation’s migratory waterfowl.

“We want landowners to understand and meet their wetland compliance responsibilities which are a condition of participating in USDA programs, including crop insurance,” said Jay Mar, state conservationist for Iowa NRCS.

For more information about wetland compliance, visit your local NRCS office or go online to