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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it’s far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.

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Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

| December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don’t reach agreement, the nation faces going over “the dairy cliff” – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.

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House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.

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Obama Would Veto House’s Farm Bill, White House Says

Obama Would Veto House’s Farm Bill, White House Says

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Obama administration says the bill “makes unacceptable deep cuts” to federal food aid programs and extends, rather than cuts, crop insurance payments to farmers.

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How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Senate passed legislation Monday that would do away with direct payments to farmers and instead create an expanded crop insurance program. It’s designed to protect farmers from losses, but some say it amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness.

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The Farm Bill: A Senate Catfight Over Catfish

The Farm Bill: A Senate Catfight Over Catfish

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inspecting seafood for safety hazards is currently the job of the Food and Drug Administration. But U.S. catfish producers want the Department of Agriculture involved, too. Critics say it’s just a crackdown on foreign producers who are taking over the U.S. market.

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Farm Subsidies and Food Stamps at Stake in Farm Bill Vote

Farm Subsidies and Food Stamps at Stake in Farm Bill Vote

| June 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on the reauthorization of the farm bill, which is already causing a stir among farmers, environmentalists, and anti-hunger advocates. The bill would cut $24 billion over the next decade, including $4 billion from food stamp programs. The House drafted a rival bill, with nearly $40 billion in cuts. KQED’s Forum discusses the likelihood of the bills’ passage, and what they mean for different stake holders.

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Congress: Where Food Reforms Go To Die?

Congress: Where Food Reforms Go To Die?

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

As Congress gets to work on the farm bill, two common-sense, bipartisan reform measures seem to have gotten run over somewhere along the way. The first would set minimum standards for housing egg-laying chickens. The second sought to change how the U.S. provides food aid to people in foreign nations.

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Farm Bill’s Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say

Farm Bill’s Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say

| March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

A government sugar subsidy program is often criticized for keeping sugar prices too high. But now prices are falling and the government may buy 400,000 tons of sugar to help struggling sugar processors. Critics say the government’s involvement in the sugar business should end.

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KQED’s Forum: Farm Bill on the Table

KQED’s Forum: Farm Bill on the Table

| June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next month on a new farm bill, which would shape the nation’s food and agriculture agenda for the next five years. What might the legislation mean for California farmers and consumers?

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Food, Politics and Personal Responsibility

Food, Politics and Personal Responsibility

| September 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

It’s disheartening to see that the obese population is numerous states is over 30%, with other states close behind. Yet, although I appreciate Mr. Boustany’s commitment to healthy choices, I don’t think providing “incentives for wellness care and prevention” is realistic without first implementing legislation to make healthier foods accessible to everyone — rich, middle class and poor.

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The California Report: Farm Bill

| March 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

On Friday, March 23, The California Report discussed the Farm Bill. Go listen to the stories at the CA Report website! Host: Scott Shafer Farm Bill Changes To Be a Lesson in Cascading ConsequencesEvery few years Congress tinkers with the Farm Bill, which determines how much federal money farmers get to subsidize their crops — […]

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