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

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

Celebrate, take note of Clean Water Act

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. Celebrate 40 years of — gradually — cleaner water The federal Clean Water Act, actually … Read more Celebrate, take note of Clean Water Act

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

Conservation takes hit in House ag 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. House Farm Bill lacks conservation teeth The U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed a new 10-year, … Read more Conservation takes hit in House ag bill

The Farm Bill, conservation and crop insurance

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. House Farm Bill lacks conservation measure A key soil and water conservation provision in … Read more The Farm Bill, conservation and crop insurance

Conservation wins one in Senate's 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. Senate restores conservation to crop insurance The U.S. Senate, on a bipartisan vote, approved … Read more Conservation wins one in Senate's Farm Bill