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 McCaskill frustrated by farm bill "in limbo" http://kbia.org/post/mccaskill-frustrated-farm-bill-limbo <p></p><p>U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she will spend much of the August congressional recess talking about the farm bill, which is hung up in a legislative impasse.</p><p>Hopes are dim for compromise on the legislation after the Senate approved a five-year plan regulating farm programs and food stamps, but the House signed off on a bill dealing only with farm programs. McCaskill says Republican efforts to make sharp cuts to the food stamp program are holding up the farm bill, which she says is unfair to farmers in Missouri. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:13:53 +0000 Bill Raack 38491 at http://kbia.org McCaskill frustrated by farm bill "in limbo" What the 'farm-only' House farm bill means for nutrition programs http://kbia.org/post/what-farm-only-house-farm-bill-means-nutrition-programs <p>The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the farm bill, a version that excludes funding for nutrition assistance programs nationwide.&nbsp; But most analysts believe the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t approve a version that does not include funding for programs like food stamps.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:43:44 +0000 Andrew Nichols 37148 at http://kbia.org What the 'farm-only' House farm bill means for nutrition programs Why crop insurance subsidies are winning out http://kbia.org/post/why-crop-insurance-subsidies-are-winning-out <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>There is little doubt that crop insurance will emerge from the current farm bill process with hefty subsidies in place. If anything, the program will become a larger part of the farming safety net.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:12:54 +0000 Frank Morris 35743 at http://kbia.org Why crop insurance subsidies are winning out As US House prepares to vote on farm bill, Congressmembers weigh in http://kbia.org/post/us-house-prepares-vote-farm-bill-congressmembers-weigh <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Missouri and Illinois' Congressional delegations are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Republican Rodney Davis told reporters today via conference call that the bill is a big improvement over the version passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cuts $40 billion in spending," Davis said. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:33:28 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35716 at http://kbia.org As US House prepares to vote on farm bill, Congressmembers weigh in Food stamps, Farm Bill and women in ag http://kbia.org/post/food-stamps-farm-bill-and-women-ag <p></p><p>On this week's Business Beat: 47 million Americans are enrolled in the SNAP program, or food stamps, including nearly 16 percent of Missourians. &nbsp;SNAP is the biggest spending item in the farm bill. And the program has a big bulls eye on it as Congress debates new legislation. As Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, the economic considerations go beyond who receives SNAP benefits to how and where the money is spent.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:06:12 +0000 Kristofor Husted 34976 at http://kbia.org Food stamps, Farm Bill and women in ag At the farmers market, with food stamps http://kbia.org/post/farmers-market-food-stamps <p></p><p>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.</p><p>“I love asparagus season and it’s probably about to be over,” said Segura, holding two grocery bags with one arm and her one-year-old son, Jeriel, with the other.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:29:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 34940 at http://kbia.org At the farmers market, with food stamps Right to farm (bill); Ste. Genevieve sand mine http://kbia.org/post/right-farm-bill-ste-genevieve-sand-mine <p>Dozens of Ste. Genevieve County residents met last night (Tuesday) with the company applying to open up a sand mine in their neighborhood. Locals fired questions at Mark Rust, owner of Summit Proppants, for four hours about health concerns, traffic safety and property values.</p><p>Missouri voters will get the chance to consider a constitutional amendment next fall that would affirm the rights of farmers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices. The state House and Senate passed the measure during the end of the legislative session last week. Harvest Public Media reports.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:44:01 +0000 Kristofor Husted 34204 at http://kbia.org Federal funds flow to rural communities http://kbia.org/post/federal-funds-flow-rural-communities <p></p><p>In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days.&nbsp;</p><p>But for Staunton’s part-time mayor Craig Neuhaus, the plant represents more than water security. He expects the water system upgrade to help bring business to this town about 40 miles north of St. Louis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:29:36 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 34203 at http://kbia.org Federal funds flow to rural communities Farm Bill hits the Senate floor for debate http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-hits-senate-floor-debate <p>The future of crop insurance and conservation programs for the Midwest is up for debate in Washington, as the farm bill reaches the floor of the Senate. The agriculture committees of both the Senate and the House passed new five-year bills last week and legislation is expected to make its way to the House floor soon.</p><p>The overarching theme this year is spending cuts—as with most federal programs. But how the two bodies trim down the farm bill differs. Nutrition programs will lose the most, with the House cutting more than the Senate.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:44:16 +0000 Amy Mayer 34070 at http://kbia.org Conservation or ag land; climate change and Missouri wine http://kbia.org/post/conservation-or-ag-land-climate-change-and-missouri-wine <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>With a new farm bill, farmers may have access to fewer dollars for conservation. For 27 years, the popular Conservation Reserve Program has transformed small parcels of land, contributing to cleaner water, more habitat for migrating birds and less soil erosion. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports from Iowa, the program has been enrolling fewer acres in recent years and it’s not just budget cuts that could make it smaller still.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:37:03 +0000 Kristofor Husted 33824 at http://kbia.org Conservation or ag land; climate change and Missouri wine For dairy and organic farmers, Farm Bill extension not much help http://kbia.org/post/dairy-and-organic-farmers-farm-bill-extension-not-much-help <p></p><p>Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the New Year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.</p><p>As House and Senate negotiators worked feverishly at the turn of the year to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on a long-awaited new farm bill. But the final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October. Jeremy Bernfeld reports the extension left many farmers frustrated.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:08:31 +0000 Kristofor Husted 27736 at http://kbia.org For dairy and organic farmers, Farm Bill extension not much help Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-more-subsidies-and-food-stamps <p>Beyond subsidies and food stamps, what’s in the farm bill?</p><p>With the election over, lawmakers are now returning to Washington for the final weeks of the 112<sup>th</sup> Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantorhas said addressing the expired Farm Bill <strong>is </strong>on the agenda. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:42:49 +0000 Amy Mayer 24478 at http://kbia.org Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps Farmers put aside differences for farm bill, to no avail http://kbia.org/post/farmers-put-aside-differences-farm-bill-no-avail <p>The farm bill expired at the end of September and lawmakers didn’t pass a new one, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, though, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:26:07 +0000 Amy Mayer 22580 at http://kbia.org Farmers put aside differences for farm bill, to no avail Newscast for September 11, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-september-11-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>FARM-PAC reaffirming endorsement for US Senate candidate Todd Akin</li><li>Missouri's veto session set for tomorrow</li><li>Attorneys for American Civil Liberties Union seeking a temporary junction to block "house of worship" law</li><li>Final meeting for response to natural disasters</li><li>Boone County offering free flu immunizations for children Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:02:34 +0000 Wendy Mader 20998 at http://kbia.org Food stamps dividing support for farm bill http://kbia.org/post/food-stamps-dividing-support-farm-bill <p>With Congress going back into session, <u><a href="http://www.farmbillnow.com/">farm groups are demanding action on a new farm bill</a></u>. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is edging in on the debate. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:01:29 +0000 Grant Gerlock 20997 at http://kbia.org Food stamps dividing support for farm bill