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Environmental Group Concerned With Major Wetland Conversion

Environmental Group Concerned With Major Wetland Conversion

The Environmental Working Group is concerned with loss of wetlands and wetland buffer zones from 2008 to 2012. The group has released an interactive map that shows the biggest conversion of wetlands to croplands occurred in the Dakotas and Minnesota. EWG Senior Vice President Craig Cox says South Dakota has the most wetlands loss with 315,000 acres and North Dakota is second with 233,000 acres lost.

Cox says Minnesota lost 203,000 acres of wetlands to cropland with Nebraska losing just over 6,000 acres and Iowa just over 5,000 acres. He says the main reason for conversion is higher commodity prices and global factors as well as renewable policy.

Cox says risk management policy changes need to be passed to keep this dramatic wetland to crop conversion from occurring

 

He says lawmakers also need to include conservation compliance and the sod saver provision in the new five year farm bill.

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