But a report issued in March by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which serves as the internal watchdog at the USDA, outlined a serious problem with the enforcement of conservation compliance. Many tracts of land that were subject to compliance were not being included in the random checks performed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In fact, in 2015, the first year after the new Farm Bill was passed, ten states—including major agricultural hubs like Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota—had zero tracts subject to random compliance checks. That’s right. Zero. In Iowa!
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5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds
To learn anything useful during an election year, you need to be able to sort through all of the garbage to find the actual information and
Steven Pearlstein: The false choice between equality and efficiency
What if the relationship between inequality and economic growth is more complicated than Republicans make it out to be? What if we’ve reache
Michael Tomasky on How the GOP Plans to Block the Black Vote
It happens every election: mysterious fliers, robocalls, malfunctioning machines that deny blacks the right to vote. Now the Republican Part
‘The risk of mortality for everyone — prophets included — is 1·0’
Good times in the Lancet.
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