Agriculture

3:43pm

Mon February 3, 2014
The Salt

All Hail The Asparagus Queen! How Ag Pageants Lure New Contestants

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:33 pm

The 2011 Asparagus Queen, Megan Roskan, and runner-up Christine Merten wave to spectators during an Independence Day parade in Whitehall, Mich. With interests waning in agricultural pageants, organizers are relaxing the requirements to encourage more people to apply.
Courtesy of Phil Squattrito

Forget Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Think you've got what it takes to be the Asparagus Queen?

Mainstream beauty pageants still get tons of applicants every year (even after the dip in participation during the 2008 recession). The same can't be said for the rural festival pageant circuits, The Wall Street Journal's Lindsay Gellman tells Audie Cornish on All Things Considered.

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10:16am

Thu January 30, 2014
Agriculture

2014 Farm Bill Would Change U.S. Ag Policy

More than two years in the making, the farm bill process has been a log slog for lawmakers on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill and farmers alike.
Credit greetarchurchy / Flickr

It’s getting so close now. Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. President Obama’s signature could be on it in the coming days and then…boom! After so many months of debate and delay, a new set of farm and nutrition policies for the next five years will be law.

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10:49am

Wed January 29, 2014
The Salt

Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 12:56 pm

The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year compromise farm bill. The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.

The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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9:29am

Wed January 29, 2014
Agriculture

House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a five-year farm bill.

The $100 billion-a-year measure included small cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved some farm subsidies. The vote in the House was 251-166.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which is expected to approve it. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law.

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9:14am

Wed January 29, 2014
Agriculture

Making The Leap: How Niche Crops Go Mainstream

Boone County, Iowa, farmer Greg Rinehart grew sweet corn last year for the frozen food giant Birds Eye. This year, he’ll grow corn and peas.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

In the Midwest, crop agriculture often gets divided between the major commodities – corn, soybeans and wheat – and everything else. Diverting acres away from a major commodity to an un-tested crop is risky, but sometimes agronomics and market forces meet in a sweet spot and farmers can reap the benefits of innovation.

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