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Tom Cotton Says Only Farmers Can Understand The Farm Bill

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defending his farm bill TV ad against fact-checkers who've observed its falsity, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday said journalists c...

Cotton Tries To Rewrite History With Claim Obama 'Hijacked' This Bill

FactCheck.org | Robert Farley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton tries to rewrite history with the claim that President Obam...

Arthur Delaney

Tom Cotton Makes Ridiculous Farm Bill Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have you believe that President Barack Obama forced Congress to give poor people food st...

Tom Cotton Touts Disaster Aid He Voted Against

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-Ark.) re-election campaign blasted challenger Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday for touting disaster aid for Arkansas farmers...

Ryan Grim

Kentucky Sues DEA To Free Its Impounded Hemp Seeds [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

Kentucky on Wednesday sued the federal government for return of agricultural hemp seeds seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency...

Ryan Grim

DEA Seizes Kentucky's Hemp Seeds Despite Congressional Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized a batch of seeds that were intended to be part of the launch of Kentucky's legal hemp industry followin...

Matt Ferner

Influx Of New Hemp Bills Further Signifies America Is Turning A Corner On Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Since the beginning of the year, more than 70 bills related to hemp have been introduced in more than half of the states in the U.S. That's more than ...

U.S. to Help Ukraine by Importing Hemp

Ben Droz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ben Droz

Two birds with one stone: we help Ukraine by importing hemp seeds, and then boost our own economy by giving farmers and industry a new crop and resource.

The 2014 Farm Bill: A Reflection After 40 Years of Advocacy

Bill Ayres | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

Having worked to end hunger and poverty for the last 40 years, I know that the passage of a new farm bill is a time of great change -- sometimes for the better; usually, in the recent era, for the worse.

The War on Poverty Is Back; This Time, It's the People's Burden

Marc Joseph | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Luckily for us, our nonprofit organizations are stepping in and have created food banks to help fill the void continually shaped by Congress.

15 Women Document What It's Like To Be Hungry In Powerful Photo Project

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact

In 2012, Robin Dickinson's life took a terrible turn. She went from being a happily married mom and physician, to having two strokes in quick succ...

Arin Greenwood

Most Americans Agree Attending An Animal Fight Should Be Illegal, Poll Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green

The farm bill that President Barack Obama signed this month contains a provision -- called "Cock-A-Doodle-Don't" by the magazine Modern Farmer and the...

Healthy Food and Healthy Hearts

Francesca Vietor | Posted 04.19.2014 | Home
Francesca Vietor

It's hard to compete with love and chocolate on Valentine's Day. The health benefits of both a loving partner and dark chocolate are well-documented. But this Valentine's Day, hearts across the country, and especially in our food deserts, will get an extra boost in the form of President Obama's recently signed Farm Bill.

Why We Must Restore the SNAP Cuts

Letitia James | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Letitia James

It is good policy to help those who are poor, struggling and hungry. Yet, the new Farm Bill that was recently passed in Washington is among the most short-sighted and regressive pieces of legislation we have seen in a long time.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

Progress, But Not Yet Perfection: A Californian's Perspective on the New Farm Bill

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Home
Michael R. Dimock

If you add in the cuts to programs that serve what the Farm Bill calls socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (Native Americans, farmers of color and women), the dearth of compassion is even more pronounced.

Recreator Launches Kickstarter to Produce Hemp T-shirts in Downtown L.A.

Ben Droz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Ben Droz

In December at The Cinefamily Theater in Hollywood, a Downtown LA Hemp Apparel Brand and Art-Activist Collective, Recreator, hosted a free screening of the industrial hemp documentary Bringing It Home. They also had a special preview of their Kickstarter Campaign, which they just launched today.

Too Soon to Celebrate New SNAP Incentive Program in the Farm Bill

Michele Simon | Posted 04.12.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

There are still a lot of details to be ironed out. Under the program, the funding averages $20 million a year (for five years) in an $80 billion annual program with more than 47 million participants. If every SNAP participant were included, that would amount to less than 50 cents of incentives per person for the entire year.

Obama Signs Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in eve...

How the Farm Bill Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA has been closely following the progress of the federal Farm Bill for months. Now that it's passed, one provision in particular deserves your attention because it will make a big difference in the fight to end animal cruelty.

Obama Signing Farm Bill That Cuts Food Stamps

Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

By NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of o...

The Farm Bill and International Food Aid: What You Need to Know

Katie Lee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Katie Lee

The U.S. remains the largest donor of global food assistance, and it is imperative to maintain robust funding for global food aid programs. But we must also find ways to stretch that funding and get more bang for the buck. That's what the global food aid reforms in the new farm bill do.

Farm Bill Promises Small But Vital Research Funding

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — A group of scientists at Michigan State University huddled around a computer screen earlier this week — not poring over scientific ...

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Why President Obama Should Veto the Farm Bill

Carl Gibson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

In the passage of the current Farm Bill, Congress literally just took $9 billion in food stamps from hungry and poor families and gave it out to big agribusiness giants in the form of more corporate welfare. President Obama could send the bill back to Congress and refuse to sign it until Congress properly funds the food stamp program.