Data Show Farmers Must Do More to Protect the Environment, Public Health

By Craig Cox, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources


Across the nation, Americans are seeing the price of farm pollution firsthand in contaminated drinking water, toxic algal blooms and pesticide-laden foods. 

Agriculture is largely exempt from regulation under key environmental laws, so the protection of public health and natural resources largely depends on so-called voluntary programs that pay farmers and farmland owners to take steps to curb polluted runoff from their operations.

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Sara Wissinger