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Farmers should pay for nutrient reduction

May 22, 2013
John Halverson, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

This letter is in regards to the May 15 Times-Republican article "Branstad, Reynolds get up close with conservation," which revealed that state agricultural leaders are lobbying for more state funding for nutrient reduction programs. While nutrient reduction is vital to the protection of our waters, farmers can do this on their own dime. If I want to properly dispose of tires, which are very hazardous to the environment when improperly disposed of, I have to pay $3 a piece for small tires and $10 each for larger tires at the Marshall County landfill. I do not expect a government handout to offset these costs because stewardship of the land is the right thing to do. However, state agricultural leaders do expect yet another freebie, in addition to the numerous subsidies farmers already receive, compliments of the taxpayer.



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