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Iowa man question ag leases on public land

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A northeast Iowa man wants the Department of Natural Resources to curtail or eliminate leasing public land it manages to farmers, saying the abuses and violations are bad for the land and wildlife.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Timothy Mason, of McGregor, lives near Sny Magill Creek. The trout stream flows through 1,600 acres of public land managed by the agency. The DNR has about 363,000 acres of fish and wildlife areas and leases a portion to farmers every year.

Mason questions why the DNR is in the farming business. He says there's no reason except money and that's not the agency's mission.

DNR spokesman Terry Haindfield says while the leases generate revenue, it's not about the money but better natural resources and management.

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