House Democrats back conservation compliance

Two of Minnesota’s members of Congress — Betty McCollum of St. Paul and Keith Ellison of Minneapolis — were among more than 100 House Democrats who signed a letter this week urging the House Republican leadership to support making compliance with certain minimum conservation standards a requirement for farmers seeking government-subsidized crop insurance. The letter … Read more House Democrats back conservation compliance

Iowa farmers' attitudes on conservation compliance

Read a scholarly paper on Iowa farmers’ attitudes toward requiring compliance with conservation practices that protect soil and water. The article, published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, was written by J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr., an assistant professor of sociology and an extension sociologist at Iowa State University. “Overall, the results indicate that … Read more Iowa farmers' attitudes on conservation compliance

A brief in support of conservation compliance

Conservation compliance – an effort to link federal subsidies for farmers’ crop insurance premiums to protection of wetlands and highly erodible land – is still a hot issue as Congress works to draft a new federal Farm Bill. Last year, the U.S. Senate approved a Farm Bill that included a conservation compliance requirement for farmers … Read more A brief in support of conservation compliance

Nutrient pollution; road salt; the Farm Bill

The Freshwater Society blog publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. EPA videos take on nutrient pollution Nutrient pollution is one of the nation’s most … Read more Nutrient pollution; road salt; the Farm Bill

Free-market think tank backs conservation compliance

Read a free-market think tank’s argument for requiring conservation compliance in any expansion of federally subsidized crop insurance. Enacting a conservation compliance provision in the now-stalled federal Farm Bill would require farmers receiving crop insurance to follow certain minimum conservation standards aimed at protecting wetlands and reduce erosion. Those compliance provisions were required for farmers receiving direct-payment subsidies … Read more Free-market think tank backs conservation compliance

Fracking, conservation and Asian carp

The Freshwater Society blog publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Does fracking contaminate water? Read a good q-and-a discussion of allegations that hydraulic fracturing … Read more Fracking, conservation and Asian carp

Legacy, ladybugs and Lutsen

Each week, the Freshwater Society publishes a digest of important regional, national and international articles and research on water and the environment. Scan the articles here, then follow the links to read the articles in their entirety where they originally were published. Questions dog Legacy expenditures Over the next 23 years, Minnesota will spend an … Read more Legacy, ladybugs and Lutsen