Conservation

EWG keeps you up to date with analysis of the latest news, interviews with experts and more.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It’s bad enough that farm subsidy rates are driven by politics, not good policy, as legendary agricultural economist Carl Zulauf noted last week. But it turns out, Zulauf says, that subsidies also drive growers to plow up wetlands and grasslands to grow corn and soybeans, increasing farm pollution.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today (April 19) the House Appropriations Committee will mark up the $21 billion agriculture spending bill for fiscal year 2017, which proposes to slash a number of vital conservation programs. To understand what’s at stake in the bill, keep in mind a couple of key points.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The cotton industry and its supporters in Congress have not been coy about asking for what they want: a new $10 billion farm subsidy.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Federal crop insurance encourages growers to plant crops on land that is vulnerable to soil erosion and discourages landowners from adopting good conservation practices.

Friday, February 12, 2016

We’re fooling ourselves if we think that voluntary conservation efforts are going to solve the Corn Belt’s dirty water problems.

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