Iowa Cattleman Tells Lawmakers About Improvements Needed in EQIP and CRP


Oklahoma Farm Report

21 Sep 2022


Several agricultural leaders testified before a house ag subcommittee on conservation this week, including Shayne Wiese, who is a cattle producer from the state of Iowa. Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster, Ron Hays, is featuring comments from Wiese during his testimony to the House Ag Committee this week on conservation.


“I am the fifth generation of my family’s cattle ranch in west central Iowa, and we specialize in the production of high-quality Hereford bulls to sell to commercial cow-calf producers,” Wiese said.


Wiese represented the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at the subcommittee hearing, offering supportive comments for CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) and for the EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program). Regarding the EQIP program, he said NCBA is grateful for that 50 percent cost-share that was part of the 2018 farm law.


“One important feature of EQIP has been its focus on livestock operations and we appreciate the 50 percent funding designation for livestock-related practices in the 2018 farm bill,” Wiese said. “Federal funds spent on conservation are a good investment in our country’s natural resources and it is vital to ensure that livestock producers have access to these valuable resources for grazing and feeding management.”


While the intent of EQIP is to make conservation funding and technical assistance accessible to all providers, Wiese said barriers to entry often disincentivize producers from using NRCS programs...


more, including audio [5:55 min.]