Editorials Praise Chambliss’ Conservation Amendment
By EWG public affairs intern Thomas McAndrew
Two newspaper editorials have applauded Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., for his successful efforts to add a conservation compliance amendment to the recently passed Senate farm bill.
The proposal simply restores the conservation quid pro quo between taxpayers and farmers as crop insurance subsidies replace traditional farm payments.
As the Des Moines Register writes, “the amendment is a huge improvement that headed off a potential setback for environmental quality."
Chambliss also drew praise from The New York Times.
“Support programs like direct payments have always required recipients to meet conservation standards, but insurance subsidy programs have not. Tying insurance to good stewardship practices is an important step,” the Times wrote.
These recent editorials add to the clamor for farm bill reform the Environmental Working Group has been tracking across the nation. Click here to view the more than 550 pro-reform editorials that have been published in the last 5 years.
Inforum's Marino Eccher uses EWG data in an article to draw attention to the farm subsidy dollars that have gone to large and successful farmers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Land Stewardship Project’s Brian DeVore details other key votes on conservation and beginning farmers’ initiatives in the Senate farm bill.
Politico’s David Rogers has a story on the political future of the 2012 farm bill in the House.
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