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It's Time to Look at New Ways to Reduce Agricultural Runoff

Thursday, October 2, 2014

In light of the Toledo water crisis this summer, the Great Lakes Commission said earlier this week that it’s re-evaluating whether voluntary conservation practices are an effective way to keep our water clean.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: 

"Phosphorus is flowing into Lake Erie from city sewage plants, industries and suburban lawns and streets, but the largest single source is by far runoff from farm fields

Efforts to control agricultural pollution sources have so far been largely dependent on voluntary cooperation from farmers, and contingent on government funds to pay them to take measures to stanch the flow of runoff from their fields…

The Great Lakes Commission says it's time to re-evaluate those voluntary programs.”

Read the full article here.

Table Scraps

NBC News writes that ‘super weeds’ are sprouting controversy over GMOs.

The Insurance Journal writes that the costs of farm bill subsidy programs will bury the savings Congress promised.

Tweet of the Day

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