Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds expensive industrial agriculture practices, turns aspiring conservationists away

MINNEAPOLIS—A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) finds that an outsized share of the funding for the conservation program Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) financed expensive practices with little or no conservation benefits, while two-thirds of farmer applicants were rejected from the program

NSAC Comments on the Fiscal Year 25 CSAF List

The following comment was sent to Deputy Chief, Science and Technology Noller Herbert and National Climate Coordinator Dana Ashford-Kornburger of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture on March 15, 2024.  Deputy Chief Herbert and Coordinator Ashford-Kornburger,

First steps toward an agroecological transition in U.S. agricultural policy

This article is part of a series highlighting work around the world to build agroecological practices, science and movements. Agroecology has emerged as a set of practices based on principles that guide how to produce food sustainably, as well as how to manage the social relationships that govern food production, p

Reckless shutdown poses threats to farmers and the food system

MINNEAPOLIS—If Congress does not pass a spending bill and the United States federal government shuts down this Sunday, the shutdown will have wide ranging implications for U.S farmers and people facing hunger, as well as slow action to restore fairness in agriculture markets and combat the climate crisis.