Preserving good water quality and protecting the environment are goals of all farmers. Through the years some farming practices that were thought to be safe caused some problems with the environment, such as the hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico.
"There's only so much you can do as a farmer to leave the land like you found it. Then you have to leave it in the good Lord's hands to make the system work," said Iowa farmer Jim Andrews.
Andrews, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, has been using many different conservation practices during his 34-year farming career.
"It is important for us farmers to know what is happening on our farms and use proper management to leave the land in the best shape we can," he said.
Andrews has used his conservation positions to promote farm policy and conservation issues worldwide. In 2007 he was named the national "Conservationist of the Year" in the Conservation Legacy award program.