Policy Plate: Farmers Seeking Conservation Help Get Turned Away
Two out of every five farmers who seek federal help in reducing water pollution from their fields or the amount of pesticides and antibiotics they use are being turned away because U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service lacks sufficient funding.
That’s according to new EWG analysis of applications for federal programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides incentives to help farmers and ranchers meet public health and environmental challenges.
Read more about EWG’s analysis here.
And now the leaders of House and Senate Agriculture Committees are poised to make things worse. Farm bill drafts released last week include cuts that would lengthen the long lines facing farmers who seek assistance and compound the damage done by previous congressional spending cuts.
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