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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...

Not Your Father's Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Sen. Debbie Stabenow

We can cling to the outdated and bloated farm policies of the past, or move to more responsible and cost-effective farm programs, focus more on healthy, locally grown food initiatives, provide critical food help for families in need, protect our land and water and grow our economy.

Howard's Daily: When Compromise Is Not the Answer

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

For government to function, democracy must be able to set new priorities -- changing what doesn't work or isn't needed, as well as meeting new needs.

Senate Set To Send Farm Bill To Obama

Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for t...

Farm Bill: Too Little Too Late: Congress Short Shrifts Poor Families and Small, Minority Farmers

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

If we want to revitalize rural America, the way to do it is put small farmers back to work, provide them with timely loans, and open access to all federal programs regardless of race. This farm bill clearly misses the boat.

Farm Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Long-delayed farm legislation cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with passage of the nearly $1 ...

The Climate Post: Obama Promises Strong Action on Climate Change, Energy Independence in State of the Union Address

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

In his 2014 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama took just 5 minutes of the 65-minute speech to cover energy and environment issues. He ...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

House Passes Farm Bill Cutting $800 Million From Food Stamps Program

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that woul...

Joe Satran

Farm Bill Has Good News For Organic Farmers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

The $500 billion farm bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators this week holds good tidings for organic farmers, an increasingly prominent con...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 | Food
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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...