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January 28, 2014

Finally? 

Sunlight peeks through the windows of the Capitol rotunda.

Farm Bill Deal To Cut Subsidies And SNAP

Key lawmakers from the House and Senate – finally – hammered out a farm bill compromise on Monday that could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday.

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.

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 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 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.

June 11, 2013

SNAP and Subsidies 

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Farm Bill Passes Senate With Bipartisan Support

The farm bill passed the Senate Monday with cuts to SNAP and direct payments to farmers. The bill did include subsidies for peanut and rice farmers.

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.

March 29, 2013

Dark Rider 

Satellite view of dozens of center pivot irrigation systems

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Quietly Passes Senate, Becomes Law

The act, which was inserted into the stopgap budget bill, tells the USDA it can go against court rulings to allow GMO cultivation. But is this a new power?

March 21, 2013

sequester relief 

Strips of bacon cooling on a wire rack.

Senate Passes Bill To Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to avert the furlough of USDA meat inspectors and the sporadic closure of meat processing plants. Now it's up to the House.

July 12, 2012

Food Stamp Feud 

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Farm Bill Debate: How To Trim SNAP

The biggest difference between the House- and Senate-proposed farm bills is in their handling of food stamps.

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 19, 2012

Farm Bill, Finally 

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Senate Might Pass Farm Bill This Week

Following weeks of heated debate, the farm bill is expected to go up for a vote in the Senate this week.

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.

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.

October 21, 2011

Potato Victory 

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Senate Says Yes To Spuds In School Lunch

In a blow to combating obesity, the Senate decided all vegetables on school lunches were safe, including potatoes (fried and otherwise).

September 15, 2011

Counter-Terrorism 

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Is The U.S. Food Supply Safe From Outside Attack?

Keeping the food supply safe from attack is an utmost priority. However, with no one body in charge of food safety, results are difficult to measure.

September 2, 2011

No BPA For Baby 

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BPA Ban Bill Passes California State Senate

An effort to ban BPA in baby beverage containers passed the California Senate Tuesday, but it still has hurdles to clear before becoming law.

December 16, 2010

Politics 

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Tax Compromise Includes Billions For Ethanol

Senate-supported tax bill gives 45 cents per gallon subsidies to producers of ethanol-blended gasoline.

August 13, 2010

Food Safety 

U.S. Capitol building

Food Safety Bill Update Omits BPA Ban, Relief For Small Farmers

The Senate Health panel released a new bipartisan version of a food safety bill this week, which seeks to give the FDA more authority in food safety matters.

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.

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