Buffer Strip Program (Joe Bolkcom, Iowa State Senator (D))
What does water quality have to do with politics? Find out from Senator Bolkcom.
Under Governor Vilsack's leadership, we've implemented a major new program in this state to help farmers on the land plant more buffer strips and change their farming practices on their farms to keep soil on the land, as well as prevent fertilizers and manure runoff from entering our streams and rivers. We've gone from about 160,000 acres planted in buffer strips in our state toward almost 300,000 acres -- heading toward half-a-million acres. That is a huge benefit to Iowa's water quality and is an initiative that must continue. It's an initiative that pays farmers a premium to take crop ground out of production and strategically plant along creeks. For example, putting say a hundred foot of grass along a creek as opposed to corn...and that's been a very successful program and hopefully one that will continue.