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Payments for Pollution: How federal conservation programs can better benefit farmers and the environment

In a new report, IATP finds that USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) pays for agricultural practices that are not environmentally beneficial and that, in some cases, actively make the environment worse. We identify 10 EQIP-supported practices that prop up high-emission or otherwise environmentally detrimental models of agriculture, and provide policy recommendations for removing industrial practices from EQIP and prioritizing agroecological practices.

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