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2012 Farm Bill

Steve King's Farm Bill Amendment Hurts Animals -- and California Farmers

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The King Amendment is all about profits for Iowa Big Ag, at the tragic expense of hens, veal calves, sows, and California farmers.

The Farm Bill Deserved to Fail

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Over the years, Farm Bill reauthorizations have systematically taken much of the risk out of farming, with large agribusiness not so much farming the land as farming the federal taxpayer.

Toward an Intelligent Discussion of Farm Support

Jason Evans | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Jason Evans

Are all farm support dollars wisely spent? No. Should Congress revisit current Farm Bill programs to find new efficiencies? Yes.

'Shallow Loss' Is a Loser of a Program

Eli Lehrer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Buried deep inside the $950 billion farm bill soon to come before the House and Senate agriculture committees is a policy proposal that easily ranks among the most misbegotten welfare-for-the-wealthy efforts ever to spring from the banks of the Potomac.

The Farm Bill: Why Farmers Need to Be Activists Too

Tanya Tolchin | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Tanya Tolchin

Isn't it enough to demonstrate alternatives to the industrial food system by running organic and sustainable farms? Recent events in Washington have demonstrated that it is in everyone's best interest for us to be advocates too

Meet the New Dust Bowl, Same as the Old Dust Bowl

Donald Carr | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Donald Carr

Ken Burns, America's premiere documentarian, has tackled topics from jazz to the Civil War. His new film chronicles the Dust Bowl, the massive ecological disaster that plagued a large swath of U. S. farmland during the 1930's.

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!

We Need a New Farm Bill Now

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The food security of our country and the world is dependent upon our small farmers and ranchers being able to survive economically. It's time for Congress to stop the fighting and act on this critical, important and timely issue.

Obama Knocks Paul Ryan Over Farm Bill In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama will waste no time going after presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan while campaigning in Iowa on Monday. ...

Jason Linkins

Rep. Steve King Defends Sadistic Dog-Fighting Enthusiasts From State Governments And Their Dumb Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

Lord knows there aren't a whole lot of debates that we can say, in terms of broad nationwide consensus, are settled. For crying out loud, whether ...

Food, Farms And Faith

Genny Rowley | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Genny Rowley

Every five years, the Farm Bill, legislation with enormous ecological and social impact, comes up for reauthorization in Congress. To date, there has been little comment from faith leaders, likely due to lack of awareness about the bill's importance.

Will the Farm Bill Nullify Laws Against Animal Cruelty?

John Robbins | Posted 09.20.2012 | Green
John Robbins

Rep. Steve King's amendment to the Farm Bill is designed not only to block California's animal safety laws, but also to prevent any state from imposing its own animal welfare standards on producers from other states.

In New Zealand, Farmers Don't Want Subsidies

Mark Ross | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Mark Ross

The removal of farm subsidies in New Zealand gave birth to a vibrant, diversified, and growing rural economy, and it debunked the myth that farming cannot prosper without subsidies. The U.S. Congress should step back and explore the proven alternative of free market farming.

Will Congress Let Monsanto Write Its Own Rules?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Rather than address the industry's continued failures, the chemical industry's allies in Congress are trying to change the law via the Farm Bill. The logic being: if you can't win the game, change the rules.

A Dangerous Combination of Callousness and Ignorance

Billy Shore | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Billy Shore

Ending poverty and reversing unemployment may be complex, but feeding a child is not. If policymakers start to listen to the voices of Americans, they might move more quickly to ensure that no child is hungry.

Cooperation Plants Seeds in the Senate

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Whatever the reasons, it's refreshing to see that on something, our elected representatives can get along (at least in the Senate) and the system can still work.

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...

Reform the Farm Bill

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger, Susan Prolman, of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition This week, the full Senate is working through the Farm Bill.  Th...

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, ...

Dem Senator Takes On Republican's Morality Attack

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) fired back at a Republican colleague's attack on her effort to stop cuts to food stamps, dismissing Sen. Jeff Sessions...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senator Argues Food Stamps Increase Isn't Moral

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday for trying to stop cuts to the nation's food stamp prog...

A 2012 Farm Bill That Support Small Farmers and Nutritional Assistance Programs: Good for Our Nation's Health and Economy

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 08.12.2012 | Food
Eva M. Clayton

Food security is generally recognized as an important goal for our country. Supporting good nutrition for our needy citizens is the right and moral action for our government to take, but it is also the economically and healthy action to take where small farmers will make a significant impact.

Michael McAuliff

Senator Makes Emotional Plea To Save Food Aid For Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took to the Senate floor Wednesday in an emotional bid to stave off $4.5 billion in cuts to programs that feed t...