AP reports that some Washington state farmers may have faked results in tests of a federal conservation program designed to reduce pesticide and fertilizer use. The farmers received tens of thousands of dollars in subsidies under the Conservation Security Program for using greener practices, but an audit of the program found that some individuals may have altered soil samples and given false information. Everything you never wanted to know about farm chemical runoff in your water supply is in our Tap Water Report.
EWG supports shifting some commodity subsidy money to conservation programs, which are popular among farmers and have wide eligibility. To find out more, visit EWG's farm subsidy database or read about subsidies in the Evergreen state.