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July 12, 2012

Legislation On The Move 

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House Makes Deep Cuts To SNAP In Their Farm Bill

The House voted to pass their farm bill Thursday, but there's still work ahead to reconcile both the Senate and the House bills before the Sept. 30 deadline.

July 10, 2012

Name Calling 

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Who Are You Calling A Corporate Farmer?

Agriculture is a big business fueled by big businesses. But farmers themselves still come in many sizes.

June 22, 2012

Bipartisan Support 

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Senate Passes Farm Bill With Cuts To Subsidies, Food Stamps

The farm bill has made it closer to becoming law. The Senate passed it in a 2-1 vote Thursday, but the bill still has to clear the House.

June 13, 2012

Delicious History 

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Our History Is In The Cheese

In his new book "Cheese and Culture," Paul Kindstedt happens to tell the story of human civilization by way of cheese making.

June 7, 2012

High And Dry 

Drought Concerns in The United States and Abroad Spur Debate on Agricultural Best Practices

Monsanto’s Drought Tolerant Corn May Not Be King

A group of scientists is questioning the company's claims of "more crop per drop."

May 29, 2012

After The Flood 

mississippi river flood

A Most Unusual Planting Season

It’s spring along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and farmers are back on the land, trying to fix what nature broke.

May 22, 2012

Farming Forecast 

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Early Planting, Lots Of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop

With farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression, this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books.

May 16, 2012

Pizza Or Grand Slam? 

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To Crate Or Not To Crate? Different Sides Of The Pork Divide

Denny's is the latest restaurant to announce it will stop buying from pork farmers who crate pregnant sows. Domino's Pizza has made the opposite announcement.

May 11, 2012

Ag Chat 

vendors and customers at the farmers market

Local Foods: From Farm To Table

We’ll talk with our panelists about how they’ll make sure the bounty of this season's farm products make it onto your table.

April 28, 2012

Vegan And Proud Of It 

Gene Baur With Bubbles The Turkey

Gene Baur Interview, Part 2: Down With Crates And Cages

In part two of our interview with Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur, he talks about how recent legislation is both helping and hurting farm animals.

April 23, 2012

SNAP Decisions 

A US dollar bill being cut in half by a pair of scissors.

Food Assistance Benefits On The Chopping Block

In an effort to trim the federal budget, House Republicans have voted to cut $33 billion from food assistance programs over the next decade.

April 6, 2012

Snail-Paced Legislation 

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How Many Cuts ‘Til You Get To The Center Of A Farm Bill?

Hearings for the 2012 Farm Bill have started up again. How much support should small-scale farmers get? Legislators disagree.

March 23, 2012

Known Unknowns  

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GMO Labeling Gains Strength In Connecticut

Connecticut gets closer to labeling genetically modified organisms in their food -- but not everyone supports the measure.

February 29, 2012

Sticky Situation 

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Maple Syrup Festival To Kick Off Despite Wacky Weather

Southern Indiana's unusual weather this winter has meant that sappers at Burton's Maplewood Farms have had to get a jump start on tapping maple trees.

February 17, 2012

Food Recycling 

captain crunch cereal

Cows Munch On Recycled Captain Crunch

As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.

February 3, 2012

Fresh And Local 

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Changing The CSA Model To Fit Consumer Needs

Community supported agriculture means fresh, local food and being connected to the farmers and the land. But not everyone is sold on the traditional model.

January 13, 2012

Drugs And Bugs 

A herd of brown-and-white beef cattle crowd up to a manger full of brown grain.

FDA Issues New Regulations On Antibiotic Use In Livestock

In back-to-back announcements, the FDA dropped all attempts to restrict two types of antibiotics used in livestock while imposing new restrictions on a third.

December 1, 2011

Future Food Policy 

Portrait of Senator Debbie Stabenow, speaking at a microphone.  She is a woman appearing to be in her 50s or 60s, with red hair, wearing a black blazer over a red shirt.  An American flag hangs behind her.

Afterlife Of The Secret Farm Bill

The demise of a Farm Bill drafted in secrecy means the next version will go through standard Congressional channels, which has mixed implications for farmers.

November 22, 2011

Budget Woes 

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Farm Bill Progress Comes To A Halt

The freaky fast farm bill has slammed to a halt with the failure of a bipartisan "super committee."

November 16, 2011

Food Bill 

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Farm Bill Closer To Congress, Michael Pollan Speaks Out

As the farm bill creeps closer to being voted on, Michael Pollan releases a video urging Americans to recognize how important the legislation is to their lives.

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