food stamps en Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p><p>While Stabenow, the Michigan Democrat who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, was referring to what proponents heralded as “reform” of some programs, her remarks were accurate on another score. The massive <a href="">Farm Bill, which will spend $956 billion</a> and set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 34518 at Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps <p></p><p>Both farmers and food stamps advocates sighed in relief Friday when President Obama signed the &nbsp;<a href="">long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014</a>&nbsp;– the $956-billion farm bill – into law on Friday during a visit to Michigan State University. &nbsp;The farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 06:00:59 +0000 Amy Mayer 27749 at The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy <p></p><p>Not everyone likes the farm bill signed into law on Friday, but at least farmers will be able to start making informed decisions.</p><p>The biggest change in the 2014 farm bill is that the subsidies known as direct payments are gone. Instead of the government paying a known amount to farmers each year—at a fixed budget of $5 billion—the new system of subsidies will fluctuate, partly with market forces. That makes it really hard to predict how much the program will cost each year, says Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Amy Mayer 27750 at New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy More Kansans to work for food stamps <p></p><p>Last week, Kansas let a 2009 government waiver expire that provided food stamps for the unemployed. Now, able-bodied Kansans between 18 and 49 who do not have dependents, have to work or be in a job training program to have access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 03:55:05 +0000 Laura Ziegler 22645 at More Kansans to work for food stamps Farmville helps explain farm bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 21388 at Farmville helps explain farm bill What you should know about the food stamps debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House defeated the farm bill last week, after the&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate passed its version of the bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in early June. Both bills include about $500 billion in spending over five years. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:11:52 +0000 Payne Roberts 17986 at What you should know about the food stamps debate At the farmers market... with food stamps <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">April Segura is a regular at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Neb. On a warm, May afternoon, the single, stay-at-home mother of three greeted friends and acquaintances while strolling past tables of lettuce and herbs. She hoped to find more asparagus for sale.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 16883 at At the farmers market... with food stamps