farm bill http://kbia.org en Years in the making, new farm bill becomes law http://kbia.org/post/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law <p></p><p>President Barak Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.</p><p>With farm equipment, hay bales and crates of apples setting the stage, the president told the crowd that this farm bill – <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight">officially called the Agriculture Act of 2014</a> – will save taxpayer dollars while also offering support to farmers and ranchers. And he says that helps the whole country.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:37:06 +0000 Amy Mayer 47835 at http://kbia.org Years in the making, new farm bill becomes law The uneasy marriage of food stamps and the farm bill http://kbia.org/post/uneasy-marriage-food-stamps-and-farm-bill <p>When President Obama signs the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight">long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014</a> – the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 47788 at http://kbia.org The uneasy marriage of food stamps and the farm bill Field Notes: Farm bill awaits a presidential signature http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-farm-bill-awaits-presidential-signature <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47786 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Farm bill awaits a presidential signature Senate approves farm bill http://kbia.org/post/senate-approves-farm-bill <p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.</p><p>The legislation is expected to become law, as President Obama <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/house-to-vote-on-final-farm-bill-food-stamp-cuts/2014/01/29/4a3d8b60-88bf-11e3-a760-a86415d0944d_story.html">previously indicated</a> he would sign the measure. The House passed it Jan. 29.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:35 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 47644 at http://kbia.org Senate approves farm bill 2014 farm bill would change U.S. ag policy http://kbia.org/post/2014-farm-bill-would-change-us-ag-policy <p>It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the <a href="http://www.hagstromreport.com/assets/2014/2014_0127_farm-bill-conference-report.pdf?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=The+Hagstrom+Report+%7C+Alert+2+%7C+Monday+01_27_14&amp;utm_campaign=20140128_m118929849_The+Hagstrom+Report+%7C+Alert+2+%7C+Monday+01_27_14&amp;utm_term=Agricultural+Act+of+2014+_E2_80_94+Conference+Report">Agriculture Act of 2014</a>, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. President Obama’s signature could be on it in the coming days and then…boom! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:32:47 +0000 Amy Mayer 47468 at http://kbia.org 2014 farm bill would change U.S. ag policy Field Notes: Senate to consider the Farm Bill as wheat prices dip http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-senate-consider-farm-bill-wheat-prices-dip <p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47434 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Senate to consider the Farm Bill as wheat prices dip Newscast for December 26, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-december-26-2013 <p>News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Mo. to start screening newborns for heart disease</li><li>Nixon Makes Christmas Eve 'Gift' By Releasing $40 Million For Spending</li><li>Farmers prepare for another year without a farm bill Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:46:07 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 45842 at http://kbia.org Farmers prepare for another year without a farm bill http://kbia.org/post/farmers-prepare-another-year-without-farm-bill <p>For the second straight year, farmers are heading into a new year without a farm bill. The massive package provides government support for farmers and ranchers. Divisions in Congress, including over the nutrition programs that make up the bulk of the spending, have kept it from the president’s desk. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:06:25 +0000 Amy Mayer 45839 at http://kbia.org Farmers prepare for another year without a farm bill Rural areas worry about food stamp cuts http://kbia.org/post/rural-areas-worry-about-food-stamp-cuts <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires">next farm bill is all but certain</a> to contain cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:11:31 +0000 Peter Gray 44641 at http://kbia.org Rural areas worry about food stamp cuts Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie http://kbia.org/post/farmers-plowing-more-and-more-prairie <p></p><p>In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.</p><p>Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.</p><p>&ldquo;Big bluestem is our big producer,&rdquo; said Rod Christen. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of our Cadillac grass.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:33:50 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42234 at http://kbia.org Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie Farm bill expiration leaves farmers guessing http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-expiration-leaves-farmers-guessing <div id="lead"><p>Farmers are working without a farm bill after a nine-month extension on the last one expired Sept. 30.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:20 +0000 Amy Mayer 41379 at http://kbia.org Farm bill expiration leaves farmers guessing Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist http://kbia.org/post/largely-unpopular-direct-payment-subsidies-persist <p></p><p>Congress is <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/house-passes-snapped-farm-bill#.UkGtFIash8E">bitterly divided on food stamps and other issues</a> 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>The program shells out to farmers and land owners regardless of need or loss. It’s a hold-out from a farm bill that promised an end to subsidies and it’s holding on only because Congress is so dysfunctional.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:31:29 +0000 Frank Morris 41092 at http://kbia.org Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game http://kbia.org/post/congress-still-playing-farm-bill-game <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">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><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:29:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 40408 at http://kbia.org Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game Federal conservation programs soon to lose funding http://kbia.org/post/federal-conservation-programs-soon-lose-funding <p>Farmers across the country are being encouraged to sign up for federal conservation programs. The catch is, as of now, the programs have no funding.<br><br>Scott Stuntz reports for Harvest Public Media.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Scott Stuntz 39928 at http://kbia.org Federal conservation programs soon to lose funding Legislators not giving up hope for farm bill http://kbia.org/post/legislators-not-giving-hope-farm-bill <p></p><p>With Congress in its August recess, the farm bill is stalled and many are pessimistic about getting a new bill passed before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. Still, farm country legislators aren’t exactly giving up hope.</p><p>Republican Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was asked about the farm bill at a town hall style meeting in in his district this week.<br>He said that he thinks the most likely outcome is that the House will pass a “food stamp bill,” to go along with a agriculture portion it passed in June. That could put the farm bill back on track.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:36:33 +0000 Scott Stuntz 38839 at http://kbia.org Legislators not giving up hope for farm bill