This project will examine the nature and range of "private conservation initiatives (PCI)" underway in Iowa, to better understand how they operate, what they offer farmers who participate, and what role they might play in promoting soil and water conservation and addressing climate change. As part of the project, researchers will collect and inventory examples of PCI, develop methods to classify them, and provide a legal evaluation of how the terms and contracts used in the PCI compare to those in public conservation programs such as CSP and EQIP.
Neil D. Hamilton is the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He has directed the center since 1983 and helped establish its national and international reputation for excellence in research, education and public extension on food policy, agricultural land and rural development. He is past president of the American Agricultural Law Association and has authored several books. Hamilton has a B.S. in forestry and economics from Iowa State University; and a J.D. from the University of Iowa. He and his wife own Sunstead Farm near Waukee, Iowa, and raise produce and flowers for local restaurants.
Matt Russell, Drake University