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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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 | Food
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 | Food
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 | Food
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.

A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

Bipartisan Support to Cut Food Assistance

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Karen Dolan

The key to bipartisan support? Cut food assistance to struggling families.

McConnell Farm Bill Vote Creates Political Problems

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have done the popular thing and voted for the farm bill he has opposed in the past, b...

Bitter-Sweet Takes On New Meaning With Farm Bill Passage

Michel Nischan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Food
Michel Nischan

When the Farm Bill came out of conference with funding for nutrition incentives fully intact after two-and-a-half years of a very non-transparent and contentious process, we were elated. But as each day passed and the rush for support for the bill's passage heated the air, I, as a chef and father of two children living with diabetes, couldn't help but take the deep dive and feel disheartened by the overall bill.

Here's What's In The Farm Bill

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The huge, five-year farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama on Tuesday sets policy for hundreds of programs, including far...

Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Obama For Signature

AP | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that prov...