It was viewed as a shameful threat to the free market. It was viewed as un-American, kind of a charitable handout to folks that needed to be pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.
Today's show features an interview with Angela Babb of Indiana University's Department of Geography, talking about the origins of the farm bill, and how nutrition assistance programs like SNAP (A.K.A. Food Stamps) got lumped in with agriculture policy.
Tune in next week for the second part of our conversation with Angela Babb, where we talk about the USDA's conflict of interest in being responsible for marketing and distributing surplus commodities, while also being the agency that sets nutrition guidelines for government food assistance programs.
Harvest Public Media has a story on the possible comeback of Hemp, as congress considers legalizing the crop nationally.
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Hemp could make a comeback as congress considers legalizing the crop nationally
Researchers say better management of cattle grazing can make beef carbon-neutral over the long term.
As essential legislation passes to provide farmers with mental health services, the conversation is shifting to deeper causes of farmer suicide and longer term solutions.