(Des Moines) Farmers are expected to plant a record number of acres this year, putting some acres that had been “idle” back into production for the first time, in anyone’s memory. Mark Rasmussen of Iowa State’s Leopold Center is reminding growers to do their homework, that land may have been “idle” for a reason…it may be a long-forgotten or poorly marked burial site.
“As we have closed down some old rural churches, often times they had old cemeteries around them and those kind of things can be lost over time too.”
He says they may discover the hard way that small patches of prairie or grassland may actually be protected by Iowa’s burial protection law; violation of such land could result in prison time or stiff fines.
Iowa Radio Network
April 3, 2013