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Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

| January 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

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.

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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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