Agriculture Nominee Favors Voluntary Pollution Programs

Read the full story in the Daily Environment Report.

An advocate of voluntary programs to curb nutrient runoff from farms is President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Agriculture Department’s work on domestic farming and conservation.

His supporters say that, if confirmed, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey (R) would be instrumental in negotiations on conservation issues in the next farm bill, which Congress is expected to debate next year. Regulation-wary agricultural interests have also praised Northey’s approach of offering financial incentives for farmers to take up environmentally friendly practices—such as planting cover crops in fields and vegetation buffers around streams.

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