How USDA Could Deliver Greater Environmental Benefits From Farm Bill Conservation Programs
Farmers need a way to manage the weeds and insects that threaten their crops, but chemical-intensive pest management often pollutes the air, land and water. Integrated pest management (IPM) can provide effective crop protection while minimizing risks to health and the environment. Unfortunately, NRDC research finds that the largest Farm Bill conservation program is missing a critical opportunity to help farmers adopt IPM practices. This February 2007 issue paper recommends specific actions for how Congress and USDA can increase the quantity and quality of IPM assistance to farmers to improve air, water, soil and habitat.