Environmentalists argued the EPA should establish maximum levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, and then have a means to penalize states that exceed those amounts.
While neither campaign responded to request for comment, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have offered hints on the campaign trail about clean water strategies.
Harvest Public Media was unable to find cases where the candidates specifically address the Ogallala Aquifer, but each has each spoken to sustainable water use.
The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.
While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.
Nutrient runoff isn’t a concern in Indiana because nutrients move away with water. When they settle in Lake Erie, for instance, is when they become a problem.
To manage overpopulation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relaxed hunting regulations on geese in 1999. Some farmers have opened up their property to hunters.
Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.
Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.
Over 2,000 rattlesnakes went through the roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma this year, but none left alive. A buyer purchases the reptiles for their hides and meat.
Headlines once warned the quinoa boom was putting the crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest, but bad news looms.
Rivers are unpredictable and they can’t always be contained. That can leave farmers and residents of the floodplain in the midst of a confusing situation.
Because the prices for corn and soybeans have dropped, this might be a good time for farmers to look at growing crops that can help soil or protect water.
Joshua Ploeg's pop-up vegan dinner parties. Save the milkweed, save the monarch butterflies. Turkish red onion salad. And, Clara Moore's shopping tips.
An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.
American cookbooks throughout the years, with Vivian Halloran. Pickled golden beets. And, giving farmers incentives to think about conservation when they farm.
The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.
Fearing backlash from customers, companies like Coke, Nestle and General Mills, are pressuring farmers to reduce their contribution to water pollution.
Bringing monitoring technology to farmer’s fields means the farmer instantly knows how much fertilizer that area needs. They can then avoid applying too much.
Whole Foods' "Responsibly Grown" ratings have riled organic farmers who have watched their produce get lower ratings than conventionally grown foods.