Soil Matters

  • Wetland drainage on an agriculture field. Credit: USFWS.

    League Tells USDA to Withdraw Swampbuster Rule

    02/15/2019
    The League urges USDA to withdraw a troubled interim Swampbuster rule and replace it with one that accurately identifies wetlands, including seasonal wetlands. Full story
  • Cattle feedlot. Credit: Johnny Muck

    Water Pollution in Iowa Impacts Dead Zone, Public Health

    02/15/2019
    One statistic you likely won’t hear from Iowa agriculture boosters is the state's ranking as a leading contributor to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico – commonly referred to as the “dead zone.” Full story
  • U.S. Capitol dome in snow. Credit: Architect of the U.S. Capitol.

    New Congress Organizes To Implement Farm Bill

    02/05/2019
    ​The new Congress convened on January 3rd. House committees will see more leadership changes and more new faces than will Senate committees. As Agriculture and Appropriations Committees work to implement the new Farm Bill and fund Farm Bill programs, we need you to tell your members of Congress that conservation should be a priority. Full story
  • CRP-Restored Wetland_credit Lynn Betts-NRCS

    New Farm Bill Will Aid Wetland Conservation

    01/04/2019
    ​The new five-year Farm Bill approved by Congress in December provides some important wins for wetlands – and for the people, fish, and wildlife that depend on wetlands. Full story
  • native prairie veg planted at Neal Smith NWR_credit USDA-ARS

    New Farm Bill's Impact on Native Prairie

    12/19/2018
    The U.S. has lost millions of acres of native prairie over the past decade, making native prairie one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. While there is some good news for prairie and other grasslands in the new Farm Bill, the new law also represents lost opportunities to better protect these valuable resources. Full story
  • waterfowl_Agassiz NWR_MN_credit USFWS

    New Farm Bill's Impact on Wildlife

    12/15/2018
    Congress approved a new Farm Bill that provides full funding for conservation programs that help farmers put in place conservation systems that address soil, water, and wildlife needs in rural areas. Although the League didn’t get all we asked for, there are some clear wins for wildlife. Full story
  • Example of integrated pest management: Spined soldier bug eating Mexican bean beetle larvae. Credit USDA ARS.

    New Report: Leveraging Conservation Dollars Benefits Water, Wildlife, and Soil

    12/07/2018
    A new report from the Izaak Walton League of America highlights the benefits for our natural resources – and American taxpayers – of better leveraging conservation funding to promote five conservation practices now in use on less than one-third of America’s farms and ranches. Full story
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    League Promotes Soil Health as Symposium Co-Sponsor

    11/05/2018
    What do academics, farmers, agency personnel, and conservation advocates have in common? It’s not a trick question! They all care about healthy soil, as demonstrated at our well-attended Soil Health Symposium. Full story
  • Sediment_Tim McCabe USDA-NRCS

    Healthy Soil, Healthy Farm Bill

    08/31/2018
    The science of soil health has made great strides in the last decade. Has public policy caught up with those advancements? You can help decide what practices your tax dollars support. (Hint: It's not the ones causing the runoff in this photo!) Full story
  • Draining a Wetland_credit USFWS

    Senate and House Farm Bills Reflect Different Priorities

    08/03/2018
    There are many programs in the Farm Bill that directly impact our soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife. But these five will have a huge impact on the health of America’s rivers, lakes, wetlands, and wildlife over the next five years. Full story