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Congress On The Verge Of Giving Key Approval To Legal Hemp

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

A provision in the new $1.1 trillion farm bill, finalized by Congress Monday, legalizes the production of industrial hemp for research purposes and is...

Arthur Delaney

Proposed Food Stamp Cuts Are Much Smaller Than GOP Sought | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though the farm bill unveiled Monday night by a bipartisan panel of House and Senate lawmakers contains $9 billion in cuts to the food s...

Hunger Emergencies Cast Shadow Over State of the Union

William Lambers | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

As President Obama delivers the State of the Union, there are hunger emergencies both at home and abroad. At this very moment, children in Syria are starving because of food shortages caused by the civil war. Millions of families have been displaced and lost their livelihoods.

Farm Bill Agreement Would Cut Food Stamps

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near en...

Farm Bill Agreement Could Come Within Days: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - An agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed as soon as Monday, followed by final approval like...

The Dangers of King's Farm Bill Amendment

Cathy Kangas | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

The disastrous Rep. Steve King (R-IA) amendment to the Farm Bill could affect a wide variety of state and local laws we all depend upon to protect our health and safety, but the provision was first penned to overturn state laws protecting farm animals. This is serious.

On the Front Burner: CA Food & Farming Legislative Action

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
Michael R. Dimock

It is the hope of the California Food Policy Council that 2014 will also be the year that the State of California joins the United Nations in identifying family farms and food systems as a cornerstone for health and resilience in the 21st century.

You Can Help McGovern-Dole School Meals Campaign

William Lambers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

McGovern teamed up with Dole to improve the U.S. national school meals programs, including summer feeding. They knew that the success of this nation, or any other, depends on healthy and educated children.

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefits Now!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Most Americans are wrapping up their holiday celebrations and pondering the promise of 2014. But millions of Americans who have been struggling the longest to find work in our slowly recovering economy are now facing deep uncertainty and despair instead of a Happy New Year.

A Helping Hand for Those Who Serve

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

It is a good thing that we live in a country where a strong safety net exists to support those who find themselves in need. In a country as bountiful and blessed as the United States, no one should go hungry.

Kate Sheppard

Senators 'Deeply Concerned' Over Farm Bill Provision | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The way government agencies deal with science is under attack thanks to a provision tucked into the sweeping federal farm bill, 13 Dem...

Kate Sheppard

Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some senators and environmental and public health groups are concerned that a little-noticed provision in the House's version of the far...

House and Senate Farm Bill Versions Less Different Than They Seem

Jason Evans | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Jason Evans

The continuing congressional standoff over the 2013 Farm Bill and Speaker Boehner's insinuation of yet another extension of 2008 legislation suggests ...

Dole Reminds Us How Dems-Reps Can Work Together Against Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Congress needs to take action against hunger and do so in a bipartisan approach.

House Passes Farm Law Extension

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bil...

5 Ways Eric Cantor Can Be a Good Food Champion

Jim Slama | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Jim Slama

As Majority Leader, Cantor could use his powerful position to get a comprehensive, five-year farm bill done before Congress leaves town for the holidays. Here are five ways that the new farm bill can, and should support Good Food.

Giving the Gift of a Healthier Future This Holiday Season

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

SNAP does more than just provide food. It makes a real and perceptible difference in the lives of young children and their families, and ensures a brighter, healthier future for the entire country.

The Farm Bill: Building Long-term Community and Economic Health

Angel Taveras | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Angel Taveras

To help encourage healthy nutritional habits, we are equipping Providence's elementary schools with garden carts that offer fresh produce, as well as an opportunity for children to make healthy decisions for themselves.

Ghosts of Hunger Past, Present, and Future

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

At a time when the food stamp program is keeping millions out of poverty and easing the struggles of those who are already poor, our Congress is mulling over how best to cut the program. Perhaps three ghosts need to pay our "leaders" a visit and awaken their Scrooge-ish consciences.

Reid: Senate Will Not Extend Current Farm Law

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjo...

Legal Experts Slam Controversial Farm Bill Amendment

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A group of law professors have written to the House and Senate blasting a controversial amendment to the farm bill currently undergoing negotiations. ...

Why Milk Prices Might Skyrocket

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.05.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreemen...

Boehner Floats Farm Bill Extension

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to...

Farm Bill Should Fight Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We need a Farm Bill that fights hunger in America and preserves the food stamp (SNAP) program. There are millions of Americans struggling because of unemployment and low wages. Yet, SNAP cuts took effect November 1st and more might be on the way.