Craig Cox
Senior Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural conservation
  • Agricultural pollution
  • Farm Bill
  • Tap water
  • USDA

Press Contact

To schedule an interview with Craig Cox, contact:


  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota
  • B.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Minnesota


Craig Cox leads EWG’s research and advocacy work in agriculture and tap water. Cox began his career in conservation at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1977 as a field biologist. Since then, he has worked for the National Academy of Sciences; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has served as executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.


In the News

“Those two programs have been spending a ton of money as commodity prices have fallen, even before the tariff wars. They have kicked out literally billions of dollars in the last two years.”
- Craig Cox
July 30, 2018
“The leading problems are driven by fertilizer and manure runoff from farm operations.”
- Craig Cox
March 7, 2017
“Congress missed a huge opportunity to finally put concrete criteria for deciding who is actively engaged in farming and instead kicked the can over to USDA.”
- Craig Cox
February 6, 2015
“We’re putting the burden of cleaning up water so it’s safe to drink almost entirely on the shoulders of utilities, instead of trying to prevent these contaminants from getting in the water in the first place.”
- Craig Cox
May 16, 2018
“If we knew more specifically where these practices are being installed, it would create the opportunity to target the most effective practices in the areas where they are most needed. There are dozens of drinking water utilities in the same watershed that are also in trouble with nitrates. Most of these are smaller community water systems, and it’s really the rural people that are as much at risk themselves.”
- Craig Cox
July 23, 2019
“There are ways we could meet the demand for meat in more environmentally friendly ways. There’s no way to get away from the fact that eating meat puts a lot of demand on the environment. But we could and should do it better.”
- Craig Cox
June 21, 2018
“This is really a devilish problem. The more I look into it, the more stunning the state of play seems to me.”
- Craig Cox
July 31, 2018
“Some of the folks making important decisions about the shape of farm subsidies benefit directly from those decisions.”
- Craig Cox
December 8, 2017

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