The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy relies on farmers putting their own money on their land for conservation practices. Speaking at a November Trade Convention in Kansas City, Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service Jason Weller says Iowa is one of the leaders in conservation compliance.
Critics say there should be regulations put in place to help control water quality.
But does voluntary conservation compliance actually work?
Weller says yes, "The collaborative approach really, absolutely works. And with that nutrient strategy in Iowa, it's really marshaling all the resources of all the partners."
Weller says conservation compliance is a win-win. It lets producers make decisions concerning their nutrients and it prevents soil erosion while improving water quality.
Critics of voluntary compliance say there should be oversight to hold producers accountable.