farm subsidies http://hppr.org en The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps http://hppr.org/post/uneasy-marriage-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="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight">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 http://hppr.org The uneasy marriage of farm bill and food stamps New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy http://hppr.org/post/new-farm-bill-changes-us-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 http://hppr.org New farm bill changes U.S. ag policy Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist http://hppr.org/post/largely-unpopular-direct-payment-subsidies-persist <p>Congress is&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">bitterly divided on food stamps and other </a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">issues</a>&nbsp;contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:29:17 +0000 Frank Morris 22273 at http://hppr.org Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist Farmville helps explain farm bill http://hppr.org/post/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 http://hppr.org Farmville helps explain farm bill A food fight over U.S. sugar program http://hppr.org/post/food-fight-over-us-sugar-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sugar beet growing and refining was once a major industry in western Kansas and remains so in northeastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.&nbsp; But it’s an industry that’s been supported by government subsidies of one sort or another dating back to 1789.&nbsp; This pits sugar users against sugar producers over whether preserving a U.S. industry and domestic jobs is worth paying twice the international market price for sugar.&nbsp; Harvest Public Media has an update on the ongoing debate.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 03:12:16 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 19175 at http://hppr.org A food fight over U.S. sugar program SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned http://hppr.org/post/snap-cut-direct-payments-out-insurance-and-provisioned <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.</span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:45:02 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 17273 at http://hppr.org SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned