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Budget bill includes $28 billion for historic climate-focused conservation efforts

The Environmental Working Group today applauds House and Senate leaders for including in the budget reconciliation bill $28 billion to tackle a growing backlog of farmers seeking U.S. Department of...

EWG water atlas links water pollution to heavy fertilizer use in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

The Environmental Working Group today unveiled its innovative water atlas, which shows a close link between heavily fertilized cropland in four Upper Mississippi River Basin states – Illinois, Iowa...

Cover crops, touted as a climate crisis solution, planted on only 1 in 20 acres of Corn Belt cropland

Cover crops, which help control water pollution from farm runoff, remain a little-used tool on Midwestern farmland, despite almost 100 years of science showing its value, according to a new...

EWG analysis: More testing needed to keep people safe from algae toxins in Upper Midwest

Government monitoring of lakes, rivers and streams for a dangerous toxin that can be produced by outbreaks of algae falls far short of what’s needed to protect public health in Iowa, Minnesota and...

EWG applauds Booker-Spanberger bill to reward climate stewardship on farms and forest lands and expand rural renewable energy production

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) yesterday announced the reintroduction of legislation to support voluntary conservation practices on more than 100 million acres of U.S...

Will Land O’Lakes/Microsoft ‘Carbon Bank’ Actually Cut Emissions?

Land O'Lakes touts its new agricultural carbon credits market as a “transformational” program rewarding farmers for adopting conservation practices while “incentivizing” corporations to reduce...

Booker Legislation Would Reward Climate Stewardship on Farms and Forest Lands

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today announced legislation to support voluntary conservation practices on more than 100 million acres of U.S. farmland. The bill would also fund the planting of 10 billion...

EWG Report: Small Rural Communities Bear Costly Burden of Nitrate Pollution of Tap Water

Tap water across the nation is contaminated with an agricultural pollutant linked to cancer, and the problem is worst in small communities that can least afford to fix it, according to a new EWG...

House Farm Bill Fails

House leaders failed to garner enough support to pass their version of the 2018 farm bill. The following is a statement from Environmental Working Group Senior Vice President for Government Affairs...

High Levels of Nitrate Foul Tap Water in Illinois Corn Belt

Northwest Illinois is one of the nation's most productive corn-growing regions. But the heavy use of fertilizer and manure on corn fields leads to nitrate pollution in many communities' tap water...

Des Moines Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Iowa’s Nitrate-Contaminated Tap Water

In 2015, Des Moines Water Works sued upstream counties to reduce manure and fertilizer runoff into the city's drinking water supply, drawing attention to nitrate pollution. But nitrate contaminates...

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: USDA Conservation Program for Sensitive Cropland Wastes Billions of Tax Dollars

A critical flaw in the Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program is not only its failure to provide lasting protection for environmentally sensitive land, but also its wasting of...

New EWG Database Details $30 Billion Spent on U.S. Farm Conservation Programs

In the last decade, U.S. taxpayers have sent $30 billion to farmers and landowners to fund federal conservation programs to protect public health and the environment, according to data obtained...

Voluntary Conservation Practices Are a Fool’s Errand

A new EWG report reveals the fatal flaw in the voluntary approach to cutting pollution from farm fields: Farmers who voluntarily start pollution control practices can just as easily stop.

House Committee Gives Handouts to Wealthiest Farmers, Delays Critical Environmental Program

The House Appropriations Committee today passed an agriculture appropriations bill that destroys critical environmental protections while leaving the lavish and wasteful federal crop insurance program...

USDA Takes Important Step Towards Protecting Environment, Wildlife

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to pay for more than 100 conservation projects nationwide is an important step toward restoring water quality and protecting wildlife habitat, EWG said in...

Growing Crops Too Close to Stream Banks Pollutes Minnesota Waterways

Nearly 170 waterways in southern Minnesota get a grade of D or F because they lack the required protective strips of vegetation that prevent farm runoff from polluting nearby rivers and streams...

New Farm Law is Bad for Taxpayers and the Environment

President Obama signed into law today a farm bill that is bad for taxpayers and bad for the environment, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

Farm Bill Takes Food and Farm Policy Down the Wrong Path

Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the following statement in response to the passage of the farm bill in the Senate.

Farm Bill Falls Far Short Of Vital Reform

The bill produced by the farm bill conference committee falls far short of the reforms needed to create a federal food and agricultural policy that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, the...

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