Policy Plate: National Farmers Union supports the conservation compact
The National Farmers Union just voted at its annual meeting to support asking farmers to limit soil erosion and protect wetlands in return for generous premium subsidies. Those subsidies cost taxpayers $7.4 billion in 2011.
- In South Dakota, officials say that while high prices for farm commodities have farmers smiling, those profits are damaging the environment. One way to ensure that farmers engage in sustainable practices is to restore the conservation compact with federal crop insurance in the coming farm bill.
- Harvest Public Media examines the critics and defenders of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website.
- The world’s largest food service company, the Compass Group, says it will stop using pork from animals raised in gestation crates by 2017.
- The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to banish corn ethanol from the state’s gasoline supply.
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