Farm Bill

7:05pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Politics

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 6:55 am

The new farm bill includes provisions to help livestock producers hit by natural disasters and extreme weather. Here, cattle stay warm in a barn in Illinois during this month's cold weather.
Seth Perlman AP

Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. If enacted, it would close the gap left when the previous farm bill expired late in 2013, after an emergency extension lapsed.

The Agricultural Act of 2014, which will likely come up for a vote on Wednesday, reflects the many agendas that helped to complicate its creation.

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4:44pm

Tue December 10, 2013
Politics

No Farm Bill This Year

Leaders of the committee working on the farm bill announced they don't expect to pass a bill before they leave Washington for the year.
Credit andrewmalone / Flickr/Creative Commons

1:01am

Fri November 15, 2013
The Salt

Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Rules

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 8:49 am

A relief worker looks over boxes of aid provided by the U.S. on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Proponents of food aid reform say it makes more sense for the U.S. to buy food donations locally than ship them across the globe.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Emergency aid, including stocks of food, started arriving this week in cyclone-devastated areas of the Philippines; more is on the way.

The first wave of aid — high-energy biscuits designed to keep people alive when food is scarce — arrived via airlift. Huge shiploads of rice will be needed in the weeks and months to come. And exactly how the U.S. donates of that rice is a flashpoint in a long-running debate in Washington, D.C., about food aid.

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12:06pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Agriculture

Government Shutdown Slows USDA

The USDA headquarters in Washington D.C.
Credit brittreints/Flickr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday’s government shutdown. As a result, the agriculture department and its nearly two dozen agencies are operating at limited capacity – or not at all.

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5:00am

Tue October 1, 2013
Agriculture

Farmers In Limbo – Again – As Farm Bill Expires

Without a farm bill in place, farmers all over country are left to guess at what federal policy will look like.
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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