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December 29, 2012

Cliffhanger 

United States Capitol rotunda flag

Farm Bill: No News Not Necessarily Good News

As of Saturday morning, no resolution had been reached on a new federal Farm Bill. Time is running out.

December 14, 2012

Got Milk? 

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Sales Slump And Lack Of Farm Bill Threaten Dairy Industry

A downward trend in milk consumption and the specter of a lapsed farm bill have the dairy industry worried.

December 5, 2012

Food Stamps 

cory-booker

New Jersey Mayor Takes On Food Stamp Challenge

850,000 Americans receive SNAP benefits each month. This week, Newark mayor Cory Booker is putting himself in their shoes.

November 26, 2012

Bureaucratic Back-Up 

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The Farm Bill: Where Aren’t We Now?

With the election, Sandy and the fiscal cliff getting so much attention, it's easy to forget about the farm bill.

September 21, 2012

Foodie Politics 

SNAP at the store

Food Stamps Dividing Support For Farm Bill

The House and Senate are at odds over cuts to food stamps, which dominate spending in the farm bill.

November 16, 2011

Food Bill 

sunset farm

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.

November 4, 2011

Tasty Legislation 

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Speed Doesn’t Equal Transparency With New Farm Bill

The new 2012 farm bill is close to completion. However, the speed in which the bill was created means less input from the public -- unless farmers have a say.

October 27, 2011

Full Speed Ahead 

Farm

A Farm Bill So Fast You’ll Flip Your Subsidy

The federal Farm Bill is rewritten every five years. The 2012 bill, however, is likely to be written in two weeks.

July 12, 2011

Food Safety 

E. coli

Food Safety Testing Program On The Budget Chopping Block

The USDA's Microbiological Data Program will be cut if Congress passes the proposed budget bill. How will this affect food safety for Americans?

June 15, 2011

Budget Cuts 

Elderly eating

WIC, USDA, Food Safety Funds Slashed In Proposed Bill

The poor, the elderly, women, infants, and children will bear the burden of budget cuts to federal food programs.

May 25, 2011

Supporting Farms 

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Farm Subsidy Program Could Get A Make-Over

President Obama outlined a plan to limit farm subsidies so that farmers who make over $250,000 will not receive them, but the plan met resistance.

December 29, 2010

Food Safety News 

Eggs

Food Safety Bill Revived And Passed By Congress

After being pronounced dead by many observers, the new legislation was passed in a surprise vote earlier this week. Some of the changes may surprise you.

December 3, 2010

School Lunch Reform 

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Congress Passes Child Nutrition Bill, School Lunches Get Healthier

In an effort to fight child hunger and obesity, Congress passed a bill that makes the most significant changes to school meal program in 30 years.

November 5, 2010

Politics Of Eating 

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2010 Midterm Election Results: What Does It Mean For Food Policy

Big Ag, a redesigned FDA, and climate change denial: what election results mean for food policy.

June 3, 2010

Food Safety 

Several raw hamburgers.

New Bill Calls For Regulation of E. coli, Opposed By Meat Industry

The American Meat Institute is opposed to a new bill that would require the USDA to test for six additional strains of E. coli.

May 25, 2010

Farm Bill 

Cornfield

2012 Farm Bill Update, Hearing Held In South Dakota

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson (D - MN) convened another hearing last week in South Dakota to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill.

April 21, 2010

Food Safety 

"wash hands before handiling food" sign

Small Businesses Argue For Exemptions From Senate Food Safety Bill

A group of food and farm organizations have signed a letter supporting amendments to the Senate food safety bill that would benefit small food producers.

June 22, 2009

Climate Change 

US Capitol Building

Climate Bill Rollercoaster Continues

This week has been full of ebbs and flows if you have been following the important climate bill making its way through Congress.

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