EWG works to build a farm and food system that makes people healthy, keeps working farm and ranch families on the land and improves the environment.
The budget-busting farm bill headed to the House floor next week is bad news for taxpayers. Here’s why this bill, officially H.R. 1947, shouldn’t pass.Read More
A bipartisan measure introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., would restore the agreement between farmers and taxpayers that has protected soil, water and wetlands and grasslands since 1985, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.Read More
Organic Valley farmers Abbie Corse and Terry Ingram came to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress and deliver petition signatures demanding a better Farm Bill, one that protects our food, water and land.
Since it was first authorized in the 1996 farm bill, USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program has grown into the single most important federal program that helps farmers and ranchers protect farmland and the environment as they grow America’s food.Read More
There’s a lot of nonsense being circulated as the full Senate debates the farm bill and members finally bring up amendments to make common sense reforms to the federal crop insurance program.Read More
WASHINGTON -- EWG’s 2013 Farm Subsidy Database, launched today, documents that free-spending federal crop insurance subsidies are badly in need of reform.Read More
Congressman Fincher: Stop stealing our money.Read More
Arizona Sen. John McCain ignited an historic debate over crop insurance yesterday when he offered an amendment to the farm bill that would end insurance subsidies to tobacco farmers.Read More
Opponents of crop insurance reform contend that common-sense reform designed to level the playing field for family farmers and protect taxpayers and the environment will “weaken” the farm safety net.Read More
The Environmental Working Group welcomes the Obama administration’s willingness to work with Congress to find savings in the bloated federal crop insurance program and require the program’s subsidy recipients to carry out basic conservation practices.Read More
The budget-busting farm bill approved Wednesday night (May 15) by the House Agriculture Committee and its leaders – Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) – is nothing but bad news for the environment.Read More
A day after the Senate Agriculture committee passed its version of the 2013 farm bill, the House committee did the same.Read More
Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Tom Petri (R-Wis.) today introduced the Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures Act (AFFIRM), common sense legislation that will reform the heavily subsidized crop insurance system in order to level the playing field for family farmers, improve transparency for taxpayers and protect the environment for future generations.Read More
Two out of every five farmers who seek assistance in reducing water pollution from their fields or the amount of pesticides and antibiotics they use are being turned away because USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service lacks sufficient funding.Read More