Walz backs 'Sodsaver' crop insurance limit

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota has introduced a “Sodsaver” bill that would reduce the federal subsidy for crop insurance on land converted from native grasslands to row crops. The bill is intended as a place-holder that could eventually be incorporated into a new federal Farm Bill. The bill, which has South Dakota Republican Congresswoman … Read more Walz backs 'Sodsaver' crop insurance limit

Analysis: 23 million acres converted to cropland

High crop prices and crop insurance subsidies contributed to the conversion of more than 23 million acres of grass, wetlands and other animal habitat into fields of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and other crops between 2008 and 2011. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the Environmental Working Group and the Defenders of Wildlife. … Read more Analysis: 23 million acres converted to cropland

Fertilizers pollute ground, surface waters

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. Report analyzes pollution from fertilizers The Environmental Working Group has issued a 54-page report … Read more Fertilizers pollute ground, surface waters