Allison Winter is a Washington, D.C., correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Georgia Recorder.
The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has an impact far beyond the farm, with programs to create wildlife habitat, address climate change and run the nation’s largest federal nutrition program.
The revamped regulations could give stronger protection to some 2,700 species protected under the act. There are dozens of candidates in some states — 75 in Georgia, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the eastern indigo snake and the gopher tortoise.
The push for the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks is a new campaign that is gaining some traction this year as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows.