Articles by Donald Carr

Interview: Lack of ‘conservation compliance’ highlights need for stricter federal oversight

Farmers are failing to comply with federal “conservation compliance” requirements designed to protect wetlands and soil, according to University of Iowa Associate Professor Silvia Secchi, who says the...

Do farmers need more federal welfare?

Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other Big Ag lobby groups demand more federal subsidies for farmers. Before that happens this year, with the farm economy white-hot, it’s time to...

Grease thieves, corn oil and fraud: How biofuel scam artists bilked U.S. taxpayers of billions

One in a series of articles on “None of the Above” In June 2016, Dave Larson sat in his boss’ office at Triton Energy LLC, in Waterloo, Indiana, filling out a worker’s compensation form. The day...

Minnesota Legislator Who Believes ‘Water Cleans Itself’ Defends Potato Giant’s Irrigation Expansion in Fragile Pineland Sands

From November 2019 to February 2020, Minnesota environmental regulators met several times behind closed doors to fabricate a rationale for not holding the nation's largest potato grower accountable...

The Smoking Spud: Documents Prove Potato Giant Is Behind Irrigation Scheme in Pineland Sands

For decades, R.D. Offutt – one of the largest agriculture conglomerates in the U.S. – has proudly evaded meaningful environmental review in Minnesota. Offutt has played a shell game using land swaps...

A Neighbor’s Plea to Potato Giant: ‘You’re going to have casualties’

Mike Tauber, a plumber by trade, grew up and now lives on the outskirts of Hackensack, a town of 300 located within 10 miles of 127 lakes in north central Minnesota's Cass County.

National Potato Giant Uses Obscure Leasing Scheme To Skirt Environmental Oversight in Minnesota

One of the nation's largest industrial agriculture operations is hiding behind a small family farm to try to avoid environmental oversight of a plan to clear-cut pristine Minnesota forestland for a...

Trump Cuts Food Stamps for Hungry Americans, But Handouts to Rich Farmers Keep Coming

Just in time for Christmas, the Trump administration has finalized a rule to kick 700,000 hungry Americans off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly called food stamps – the...

Trump Campaign Advisors Receive Over $2 Million in Trade Bailout Payments

Fifteen members of an agribusiness council that advised Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign have received $2.2 million from the federal bailout program for farmers hurt by the president's trade...

Curbing Polluting Farm Runoff Is Key to Fighting the Epidemic of Toxic Algae Blooms

In 2011, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., fell “deathly sick” from a severe upper respiratory illness after swimming in a lake infected with toxic algae. Inhofe, a notorious science-denying patron of...

USDA Bailout for Impact of Trump’s Tariffs Goes to Biggest, Richest Farmers

Farm bailout payments designed to offset the impacts of President's Trump's trade war have overwhelmingly flowed to the largest and most successful farmers, according to EWG's analysis of the latest...

Trump’s Farm Bailout Program Continues USDA’s Racist Legacy

President Trump's tariffs are a disaster for American soybean farmers, effectively cutting off access to China, their largest market. The Department of Agriculture's bailout program has not helped...

‘Right To Farm’ Laws - or ‘Right To Pollute’ Passes?

In recent months, all 50 states have enacted so-called right-to-farm laws that seek to block citizens from holding industrial animal factory farms and other large-scale agriculture operations...

How Cover Crops Can Help Farmers, Protect Drinking Water and Fight Climate Change

As farmers struggle with a plummeting farm economy in the wake of President Trump's trade war, the administration is rushing to send a second round of cash payments – reportedly totaling $15 billion...

Rural Iowans Feel the Brunt of Unregulated Ag Pollution

The major role that rural voters played in recent elections has amped up the focus on farm country from politicians and candidates on both sides of the aisle. In the runup to 2020, presidential...

Manure From Unregulated Factory Farms Fuels Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Blooms

Across America, outbreaks of toxic algae, triggered by polluted farm runoff, are increasing in frequency and severity, fouling drinking water with dangerous toxins. In 2014, an algae outbreak in Lake...

The Fincher that Stole Food Stamps

Congressman Fincher: Stop stealing our money.

Tea For Me, Not For You

A day after the Senate Agriculture committee passed its version of the 2013 farm bill, the House committee did the same.

Worth Protecting

Today, on the eve of farm bill consideration by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, EWG is launching an unprecedented campaign to remind Congress that our land, our food, our families, and our farms...

Taxpayers Get Soaked to Prop Up Farm Income

Federally subsidized crop insurance is now the most expensive program supporting farm income, so it's no surprise that it will be at the center of the Senate Agriculture Committee's deliberations on...