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Candice Miller

Lawmakers want programs to curb Great Lakes farm pollution

Two members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that encourages states in the Great Lakes region to develop voluntary programs aimed at reducing farm pollution that causes harmful algae blooms. Reps. Tim Walberg and Candice Miller, both Michigan Republicans, said the initiatives should be modeled after the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assistance Program, which helps producers cut back on fertilizer and pesticide runoff. Growers who successfully participate, using methods such as improving manure storage and planting vegetation buffer strips between crops and streams, can get official certification and financial assistance. Under the bill, states could apply for U.S....