Ag Policy Blog
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Fri Jun 14, 2013 08:05 AM CDT

A recent New York Times editorial,…, concluded that millions of dollars in farm subsidies used to purchase state-of-the-art irrigation equipment designed to use water more efficiently, have actually led to more water consumption and dramatically falling water tables in states from Wyoming to the Texas.

"The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, first authorized in the 1996 farm bill, was supposed to help farmers buy more efficient irrigation equipment -- sprinklers and pipelines -- to save water," said the June 7 editorial in the Times.

"But the new irrigation systems have not helped conserve water supplies, studies show. And researchers ...

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