Soil Matters

  • Duane Hovorka presenting at Soil Health Summit

    Illinois Soil Health Summit Highlights Solutions

    League staff traveled to Illinois to join a discussion about how states can reduce air and water pollution by promoting soil health. You can get involved too. Full story
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    Further Details of President's 2020 Budget Released

    New information about the proposed 2020 federal budget shows that the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, and Environmental Protection Agency would all lose funding for conservation programs. Full story
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    President’s Budget Would Cut Conservation

    The proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2020 would sharply decrease funding for farm conservation programs and other environmental initiatives. Full story
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    Ikes Join Protest at Iowa Statehouse to Stop Bad Legislation

    Ikes and allies gathered at Iowa's Capitol to protest a bill that would have made it more difficult for the state to add new public lands to its roster. Full story
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    League Tells USDA to Withdraw Swampbuster Rule

    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
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    Water Pollution in Iowa Impacts Dead Zone, Public Health

    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
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    New Congress Organizes To Implement Farm Bill

    ​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

    ​The newest five-year Farm Bill, passed by Congress in December 2018, provides some important wins for wetlands – and for the people, fish, and wildlife that depend on wetlands. Full story
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    New Farm Bill's Impact on Native Prairie

    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
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    New Farm Bill's Impact on Wildlife

    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