It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate on Thursday night contains language banning funding for USDA inspections of slaughterhouses for horses. That effectively stops plans to restart the slaughter of horses in the U.S. to export meat abroad.
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.
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.
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.