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Databases

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Minnesota County Buffer Lookup Tables

Water pollution from farmland is a major problem in southern Minnesota and wherever row crops dominate the landscape across the United States.
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Farm Subsidy Database

The database tracks $256 billion in farm subsidies from commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs and $39 billion in conservation payments paid between 1995 and 2012.
 

Videos

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Losing Ground Video

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future. The Environmental Working Group produced this short film with Atlas Films that provides stark images illustrating how federal farm subsidies and ethanol mandates, piled on top of skyrocketing crop prices are supporting an intensive monoculture that kneecaps any hope for a more resilient and diverse food and farm system. For more information, please visit www.ewg.org/losingground/.
 

Graphics and Photography

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Iowa Erosion Slideshow, 2013

After a year of record-setting drought, storm after storm pummeled the Midwest this spring.
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Iowa Erosion Slideshow, 2014

EWG revisited 18 of the crop fields it had first surveyed in 2013, and the news was better.
 

Interactive Maps

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Tracking the existence of agricultural buffers For five Iowa counties - 2015

Low Hanging Fruit - Stream Buffer Rule = Cleaner Water, Little Cost
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Boondoggle - 2015

Prevented planting insurance plows up wetlands and wastes billions.
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Southern Minnesota Buffer Assessment - 2014

Tracking the existence of agricultural buffers in Southern Minnesota
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Southern Minnesota Buffer Assessment by Watershed - 2014

Tracking the existence of agricultural buffers in Southern Minnesota by watershed.
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Southern Minnesota Buffer Assessment by County - 2014

Tracking the existence of agricultural buffers in Southern Minnesota by county.
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Frac Sand Mining Operations in the Driftless Region - 2014

Documenting frac sand facilities in the Driftless Region.
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2,4-D Potential Drift Exposure by Elementary Schools - 2014

Looking at the potential of pesticide drift into nearby elementary schools.
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2,4-D Potential Drift Exposure to Specialty Crops - 2014

Looking at the potential of pesticide drift into nearby specialty crops.
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Washout Revisited: Erosion Survey of Central Iowa - 2014

Observing erosion in Central Iowa after spring showersin 2014.
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Washout: Erosion Survey of Central Iowa - 2013

Observing erosion in Central Iowa after spring showers in 2013.
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Recent Dust Storms - 2013

Survey of recent dust storms throughout areas of recent cropland expansion.
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Monster Wells: Hydro Frac Well Water Consumption - 2014

Assessment of hydro fracking wells that consumed more that 10 million gallons of water.
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Farm Services Agency - New Breakings 2011-12 - 2013

Visualization of USDA Farm Services Agency's report of virgin land going into production.
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Highly Erodible Land Conversion 2008-12 - 2013

Detection of recently converted tracts of highly erodible land.
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Wetland & Wetland Buffer Conversion 2008-12 - 2013

Detection of recently converted tracts of wetlands and wetland buffers.
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Crop Insurance Premium Subsidy Growth 2008-12 - 2013

National Assessment of crop insurance premium subsidy growth from 2008 to 2012.
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Top 26 Crop Insurance Premium Subsidy Recipients 2011 - 2013

Looking at the top 26 recipients of crop insurance premium subsidy over one million dollars.
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Expired Conservation Reserve Program Contracts 2006-2012 - 2013

Visualization of USDA Farm Services Agency's expired not re-enrolled CRP contracts.
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