To Save Its Soil and Clean Up Its Water, Iowa Needs to Act Fast(er)

USDA NRCS Iowans have long prized their state’s deep, rich soils and its position as an agricultural powerhouse. In the heart of the Corn Belt, its farmers lead the nation in corn acres planted, and come in second in soybean acres. But there’s a dark side to all that: Decades of intensive, industrial-style production of […]

Questions for a Once-and-Future Agriculture Secretary

Secretary Vilsack is no stranger to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Here, he appears at a hearing on the Farm Bill in February, 2015. USDA photo by Bob Nichols/Flickr The last time the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) got a new leader, I was decidedly unimpressed. Okay, understatement…I was incensed by a […]

With Biden Victory, It’s Time to Follow the Science and Rebuild Our Food System and the USDA

Photo: originalpunkt/Shutterstock Well, the 2020 election is finally over, and we will soon see the end of the cruelest, crookedest, and most viciously dishonest, anti-science, anti-environment presidential administration anyone alive can remember. If you care about people and the planet—including the soil, water, and climate that sustain us and ensure we can eat—you’re likely relieved […]