Duane Sand: A career of unlocking conservation possibilities

Duane

Thirty-two years ago, Duane Sand asked me to help him with some summer communication about a concept he hoped would become part of the 1985 Farm Bill. It would give farmers an incentive to put their most erosive acres into grassland cover for ten years. Today you know it as CRP – the Conservation Reserve Program.

In his quiet, behind-the-scenes way, Duane has always been on the forefront of fresh concepts to protect land and water. He would be the last one to draw attention to his 40-year conservation career. But I believe his story can help to inspire a new generation of conservation thinkers who might follow their own paths of innovation for the good of the cause. Continue reading

Conservation compliance rewards farmers

Strong conservation can keep the land boom from going bust

We applaud the [Des Moines] Register’s May 4, 2012, editorial, which concludes: “The federal government plays a major role in agriculture, and in exchange, it is not too much to ask that all farmers who benefit should be good stewards of the land.” Continue reading