2013 farm bill http://kbia.org en New farm bill may be in sight http://kbia.org/post/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight <p>House and Senate negotiators <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/27/267266501/new-bipartisan-farm-bill-emerges-from-long-debate-in-congress">emerged Monday with a new compromise farm bill</a>, which means the end of the two-year farm bill writing saga may finally be in sight.</p><p>The U.S. House approved what's called the Conference Report -- the farm bill negotiated by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders -- Wednesday. If it were to pass the Senate, as is expected, the bill would head to President Obama’s desk.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:15:58 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 47346 at http://kbia.org New farm bill may be in sight More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits http://kbia.org/post/more-1-7-americans-receive-food-stamp-benefits <p>Fifteen percent of Americans received federal food stamp benefits in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/annual.htm">U.S. Department of Agriculture report</a> released in early January.</p><p>In the Harvest Public Media network, that includes about 936,000 people in Missouri; 420,000 in Iowa; 2 million in Illinois; 179,000 in Nebraska, 507,000 in Colorado, 316,000 in Kansas; and 926,000 in Indiana.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47070 at http://kbia.org More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits Farm bill falls victim to polarization, gridlock in Washington http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-falls-victim-polarization-gridlock-washington <p>If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t.</p><p>All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/no-farm-bill-year#.UqoTUfRUf-s">won’t get done</a> this year. They’re pushing it off until January.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 45425 at http://kbia.org Farm bill falls victim to polarization, gridlock in Washington Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-antibiotics-meat-and-why-congress-cant-pass-farm-bill <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, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45420 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill No farm bill this year http://kbia.org/post/no-farm-bill-year <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">That was the message from Washington Tuesday, when the principal farm bill players emerged from negotiations and announced they won’t have a full bill ready before the House adjourns for the year on Friday.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:42:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45086 at http://kbia.org No farm bill this year Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-cafos-and-aid-veterans-farm-bill <p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44841 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill Syria latest stumbling block on farm bill path http://kbia.org/post/syria-latest-stumbling-block-farm-bill-path <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt; line-height: 15pt;">Farmers may now have to wait until Congress makes its decisions about Syria before the farm bill gets any more attention.</span></p><p style="margin: 12pt 0in; line-height: 15pt;"><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif;">Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said a farm bill conference committee could meet without disrupting the debate on Syria, but he doesn’t expect that to happen.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:29:08 +0000 Amy Mayer 40255 at http://kbia.org Syria latest stumbling block on farm bill path Blunt, Hartzler call for new farm bill http://kbia.org/post/blunt-hartzler-call-new-farm-bill <p>Two Republican members of Missouri's Congressional delegation were at the State Fair Thursday, calling on Congress to pass a new federal farm bill, instead of extending the farm bill passed in 2008 by another year.&nbsp; U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Congressmember Vicky Hartzler told Missouri Farm Bureau members and the media that the hold-up centers on how much money to spend on food stamps.&nbsp; The GOP-led U.S. House voted to cut the food stamp program, now known as SNAP, by $20 billion.&nbsp; The Democratic-controlled U.S. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:08:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38939 at http://kbia.org Blunt, Hartzler call for new farm bill 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 Agriculture Secretary pushes for farm bill http://kbia.org/post/agriculture-secretary-pushes-farm-bill <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is continuing to push Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk. And he says dwindling farmer numbers mean coupling agricultural policy with nutrition programs is essential.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:17:21 +0000 Amy Mayer 37553 at http://kbia.org Agriculture Secretary pushes for farm bill House passes farm-only farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-passes-farm-only-farm-bill <p>The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:13:45 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 36937 at http://kbia.org House passes farm-only farm bill House rejects farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-rejects-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a stunning move, the U.S. House voted against approving farm bill legislation Thursday, leaving the bill's future up in the air.</span></p><p>The House rejected the farm bill on a final tally of 234-195 after a day of dramatic, tight votes on amendments to the bill.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:40:29 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 35807 at http://kbia.org House rejects farm bill 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