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May 27, 2016

 

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Congress Tackles Murky Expiration Dates

In an effort to curb food waste, the U.S. Senate and House have introduced bills to standardize date labeling across the country.

May 4, 2016

 

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Why Congress May Back Off New School Lunch Standards

The School Nutrition Association wants more flexibility in the nutrition rules to keep more kids buying lunch. It appears lawmakers are listening.

June 24, 2015

 

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House Bill To Block State GMO Labels Gaining Ground

A House bill that would preempt states from passing their own GM label requirements could come up for a vote before the August recess.

December 12, 2014

 

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At USDA, Vilsack Focused On Rural Development

Vilsack is widely credited with rallying the support that ultimately made the 2014 farm bill one of the few major bipartisan successes in this Congress.

February 5, 2014

At Long Last 

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Farm Bill Clears Last Big Hurdle

After two years of partisan skirmishing, both chambers of the U.S Congress have approved a sweeping farm bill.

December 27, 2013

Year in Review 

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Big Shame And Small Wins In 2013, Food Policy Watchers Say

Earth Eats asked food watchdog and advocacy groups for their thoughts on the best and worst of food policy in 2013.

December 12, 2013

Got Milk? 

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Organic Milk Higher In ‘Heart Healthy’ Fatty Acids

A new study has found organic milk is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk, but not everyone considers it a health breakthrough.

December 11, 2013

To Be Continued 

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Farm Bill Kicked To Next Year

Lawmakers decided to reconvene in January to hammer out a deal on a new five-year farm bill.

December 7, 2013

Far And Near 

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Recipes From Pearl Lagoon, Frog Legs, SNAP In Rural America

Vicki Basman talks about her food adventures in Pearl Lagoon. Frog legs are on the menu. And, how cuts to SNAP funding could affect rural Americans.

December 5, 2013

Farm Bill Fiasco 

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Danger Ahead: Another ‘Dairy Cliff’

Doubling dairy prices loom as Congress makes its way back into session to focus on a myriad of issues, including the farm bill.

December 3, 2013

Snip Snap 

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Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts

Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.

November 1, 2013

Lean Times 

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Cuts To Food Stamps Begin

47 million Americans will see a reduction in their food stamp benefits starting November 1.

October 31, 2013

 

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Indiana’s Congressional Members Reignite Farm Bill Debate

Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman and Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly will participate in the reignited Farm Bill debate in Congress.

September 20, 2013

Food (No Farm) Bill 

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House Passes Bill With Significant Snips To SNAP

The House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that, if turned into law, would cut $39 billion from SNAP benefits over ten years.

July 30, 2013

Hooked 

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Can U.S. Meat Get Off Antibiotics?

Despite increasing alarm over the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” a push to shut down one possible breeding ground seems stuck in Congress – again.

July 23, 2013

Cloying... 

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Sweet Victory For Big Sugar In Farm Bill

Big Sugar spent big bucks over the last three months to make sure their sweet subsidy deal stayed in the farm bill.

July 20, 2013

Oh, SNAP 

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Farm Bill Moves To Conference

The farm bill moved to conference Thursday evening with hopes that nutritional assistance would make its way into the final product.

July 12, 2013

Half Empty 

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House Farm Bill Withers Watchdog Hopes

The U.S. House finally passed a version of the farm bill on Thursday, but environmental groups and watchdogs are not impressed.

July 9, 2013

Two's A Crowd 

June 10 Farm Bill Hearing

Farm Bill May Split After House Defeat

Time is ticking for the farm bill. Current legislation expires September 30, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has warned it will not be extended again.

May 17, 2013

Holy Miracles, Batman! 

Farm land dotted with round hay bales.

Farm Bill Progress, Finally

After months of political gridlock, new farm legislation may be in sight.

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