EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first 100 days in office include several early steps to block or undo a host of Obama-era regulations and reshape the agency with the expectation of major budget cuts, winning praise from GOP lawmakers and industry groups but outcry from some EPA staff and environmentalists over the moves.
A coalition of farmworker advocacy groups is petitioning EPA to ban the commonly-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, backing environmentalists’ long-standing petition seeking a ban, and reiterating arguments that the substance is responsible for farmworker poisonings and poses neurodevelopmental risks to children. Read moreRead More »
Stephanie Mercier takes a look at the targeted mandatory programs and cuts made from the farm bill, including commodity and crop insurance programs, conservation, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program. Read moreRead More »