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Harvest Public Media
5:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Years in the Making, New Farm Bill Becomes Law

President Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014 as members of Congress and the Cabinet look on.
Credit Courtesy Stephen Carmody/Michigan Radio

President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

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President’s Signature Expected
4:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

US Senate Approves Farm Bill

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
Credit andrewmalone/Flickr

The US 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.

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House Already Approved Bill
11:45 am
Fri January 31, 2014

2014 Farm Bill Would Change US Ag Policy

Credit Discovery.com

It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.

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LBJ and the War on Poverty
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

When a President Fought for the Poor

President Lyndon B. Johnson
Credit Wikipedia

American President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared war on January 8, 1964. However, he was not at war with another nation – he was at war with poverty.

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USDA Study
10:43 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Food Stamps & Healthy Diets

Food stamps
Credit heritageaction.com

A new study found the federal government’s food stamps program could do more to encourage healthy eating among recipients.

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Bill Knight – October 3
1:46 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Food Stamps Are Vital; Cuts Are Shortsighted

Bill Knight

Timing is everything, sometimes. A couple of days after Pope Francis’ interview was published in which the pontiff stressed helping the poor instead of “obsessing” about abortion, birth control and gay issues – the same day the House voted to cut food stamps by $40 billion over 10 years – church readings seemed to address the subject in plain language.

(Were Tea Party types sitting in pews uncomfortable hearing that God notices those “who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor”? Amen.)

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Needs Money to go Statewide
3:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Using Food Stamps at IL Farmers Markets

View of the Farmers Market on the square in Macomb.
Credit SSS

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is trying to get more people to take advantage of program designed to encourage low income people to use public assistance to buy fresh and local produce, but there are challenges for residents of Western Illinois who want to use the program.

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Wants to stop people exchanging benefits for cash.
12:35 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

USDA Cracks Down on Food Stamp Fraud

Credit http://www.fns.usda.gov (via wikipedia)

The USDA says it’s changing  the rules of its aid program commonly known as “food stamps” to help crack down on fraud.

The agency is expanding its legal definition of “trafficking” to crack down on people exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.

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