Soil Matters

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    Senate Passes Farm Bill

    06/29/2018
    Otto von Bismarck said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Doubly appropriate, perhaps, for the making of a Farm Bill, given its influence over Americans who raise livestock and those who make – and eat – sausages. Full story
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    Senate Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill

    06/14/2018
    The Senate Farm Bill reflects a bi-partisan approach and in many respects is much stronger when it comes to IWLA water quality and wildlife conservation priorities than the bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee in April. Read more for highlights of the Senate bill. Full story
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    Swampbuster Key To Protecting Rural Wetlands

    05/29/2018
    Wetlands provide habitat for fish and wildlife, filter nutrients and other pollutants running off farm fields, slow down flood waters, and recharge groundwater. Recent proposals in Congress to weaken the Swampbuster provision in the Farm Bill could result in the loss of millions of acres of wetlands – and the many valuable benefits they provide. Full story
  • farm in PA_photo credit Scott Bauer USDA-ARS

    House Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill

    04/20/2018
    On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee voted to advance its version of a 2018 Farm Bill. The bill is a mixed bag when it comes to IWLA water and wildlife conservation priorities. Full story