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Farm Bill 2012

Where Is Congress?!

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Congress is playing games with American farmers. And almost no one seems to hear our cry. I believe their neglect of farmers in favor of election year politics demonstrates that it's time to turn some members of Congress out to pasture!

How The U.S. Farm Bill Is Causing 6 Million People To Go Hungry

Kelly Hauser | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Kelly Hauser

If Congress passed an amendment to the Farm Bill to allow just 25 percent of Food for Peace food aid grains to be purchased closer to their destination, the U.S. government could save almost $200 million and reach 6 million more people -- almost exactly the shortfall in the Sahel.

Big Bill Passes Senate

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spendin...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Crushes Bid To Restore $4.5 Billion For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bid to preserve some $4.5 billion in food stamps funding, as part of the massive farm bill, on Tues...

Michael McAuliff

$100 Million In Food Stamps Used On Military Bases

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress' push to cut food stamps could cause collateral damage in the military, hitting everyone from active-duty members to retirees, ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Hidden Costs Of The Farm Bill

Posted 06.13.2012 | Home

The 2012 Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that is currently working its way through the Senate, is full of controversy. The infographic below...

Why Are Twinkies Cheaper Than Carrots?

John Robbins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
John Robbins

If you want to eat healthfully, you have to fight an uphill battle. Why are government subsidies pushing in the wrong direction?

Lynne Peeples

Farm Bill 2012 Eyed For Enhancing Conservation -- Of Soil And Farmers' Livelihood

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

American farmers suffered more crop losses in 2011 than in any other year in recorded history. Total insurance payouts have surpassed $9 billion, and ...

Lawmakers Caught In Tricky Situation, Key Group Prepares For The Worst

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Promoting farm subsidies was once a no-brainer for rural members of Congress seeking re-election. This year, it's a bit trickier. As la...

EcoFarm Conference: Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Love and Butterflies

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

The EcoFarm Conference has been a centrifugal force for more than 30 years. It will be jam-packed with networking opportunities and information on the newest eco-ag developments and techniques.

Lynne Peeples

Does The Farm Bill Need A Diet And Make-Over?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

A cartoon consumer appears happy and healthy, eating a meal of fresh carrots, corn and chicken as the calendar cycles through the 1950s, '60s and '70s...

Joanna Zelman

Time To Overhaul Our Nation's Farming Systems?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joanna Zelman | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green

It's time to overhaul the Farm Bill. That's the message conveyed in a recent policy paper featured in "Science" magazine. The authors of the paper...

A New Vision for the 2012 Farm Bill?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that creates opportunities for sustainable farmers.