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Balancing Acts Protects Food, Farms and Family

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced conservation legislation that recognizes our food, farms and families are all worth protecting.  The Balancing Food, Farm and Environment Act would fully fund and reform USDA conservation programs.  In particular, H.R. 1890:

·      Reforms EQIP to reduce the use of antibiotics and pesticides

·      Reforms CRP to provide long-term protection of wetlands, prairie and other habitat

·      Requires farmers who receive crop insurance subsidies to adopt basic environmental protections

·      Encourages greater farmer-to-farmer collaboration

To learn more about the bill, visit EWG’s AgMag


Table Scraps:

E&E News (subscription required) covered EWG’s CRP report.

Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng talked to the WBEZ Afternoon Shift about EWG’s Dirty Dozen list.


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@Hagstromreport today obtained Senate #farmbill draft and published it. Here it is: 


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