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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.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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. 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON --- Environmental Working Group¹s 2013 update of its Farm Subsidy Database shows that 15 members of Congress or their spouses benefitted from a total of $237,921 in taxpayer-f

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Friday, May 31, 2013

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. 

 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thanks to the leadership of Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate today (May 23) passed a truly historic amendment to the Senate farm bill.

 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON -- EWG’s 2013 Farm Subsidy Database, launched today, documents that free-spending federal crop insurance subsidies are badly in need of reform.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Congressman Fincher: Stop stealing our money.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

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.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

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.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

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.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A day after the Senate Agriculture committee passed its version of the 2013 farm bill, the House committee did the same.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This ought to be simple.  While farm income is at record levels, 47 million Americans are struggling with hunger and millions of acres of wetland and prairie are being lost forever.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

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.

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