Farm Bill

9:15am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Salt

'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:42 pm

It's unclear exactly how the new law will change enforcement of wage and hour laws on farms. Meanwhile, a blueberry labor dispute in Oregon grinds on in federal court.
David Wright/Flickr

American consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the working conditions of the people who pick, pack and harvest their food. And retailers are responding. Wal-Mart is now paying Florida farm workers more for each pound of tomatoes picked. Whole Foods is using worker wages to rank the sustainability of the produce and flowers it sells.

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5:10pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Salt

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 11:41 am

States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
Antonio Mena Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.

You see, Congress left states an opening to avoid the cuts. And so far, nearly half of the states participating have decided to take that option — a move that could erase the promised savings.

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7:00am

Wed March 12, 2014
Agriculture

Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight

Many large egg-producing operations, like this one in Stuart, Iowa, would have to change the way they house hens if they want to sell eggs in California under the terms of a new California state law that is currently under court challenge.
Credit Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

2:53pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Agriculture

Years In The Making, New Farm Bill Becomes Law

President Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014 as members of Congress and the Cabinet look on.
Credit Stephen Carmody / Michigan Radio

President Barak Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

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6:00am

Thu February 6, 2014
Agriculture

The Uneasy Marriage Of Food Stamps And The Farm Bill

About 47 million Americans, 1 in 7, received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2013 fiscal year.
Credit pasa47 / Flickr

When President Obama signs the long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014– the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.

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