Farm Bill

New England News
12:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen take the challenge of buying a week's groceries on a food stamp budget
Credit WAMC

The man in charge of administering much of the social services system in Massachusetts is trying to live for a week on a food budget equal to what is provided by a federal assistance program.  It is part of a national campaign by anti-hunger groups to highlight the importance of the program at a time when it is threatened with deep cuts.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson

  Keeping agriculture healthy is a challenge in the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the House will pass a new Farm Bill this year.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Congressional Corner with Peter Welch

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch discusses the Farm Bill with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Farm Bill Benefits New York's Hudson Valley

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WASHINGTON –  The House Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill with the support of Congressmen Christopher Gibson (R- 19) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18). The bill contains a number of provisions that will benefit New York's Hudson Valley region.

The bill includes Maloney’s Crop Risk Options Plan (CROP) Act that defends the specialty agriculture economy of the region as well as an amendment to help families and communities with flooding in the black dirt region.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Farm Bill Moves Out of Committee, Regional Interests Want Floor Vote

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday night approved the Farm Bill, moving it to the full House for consideration.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Vermont U.S. Representative Welch Hopes Farm Bill Will Help Farmers

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch says he hopes the farm bill will help stabilize milk prices for dairy farmers, include disaster insurance for vegetable growers and promote the use of local fruits and vegetables in school lunches.

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New York News
3:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senator Outlines Priorities For New York Farms

Senator Gillibrand is pushing to allow all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets by equipping them with EBT terminals to process SNAP payments. New York is home to roughly 520 farmers markets, second only to California. More than 2.5 million New Yorkers received SNAP benefits in 2010.

As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee as early as this week, then on to full Senate consideration, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a teleconference today in which she outlined her priorities for the legislation to strengthen New York State’s agriculture industry and rural communities.

Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades, put together a letter, signed by 32 other senators, to cut crop insurance subsidies and hold off any food stamp cuts.

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North Country News
6:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Gillibrand Introduces Dairy Measures

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will once again consider the Farm Bill. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is presenting measures she claims will help stabilize the state’s dairy industry. 

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Three Ag Bills Re-Introduced

Congressman Bill Owens

A northern New York Congressman is re-introducing three farming related bills that had been proposed in the previous session of Congress. The bills were part of the 2012 Farm Bill, which has yet to be passed by the U.S. House.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Farm Provisions Passed in Fiscal Cliff Bill

Credit WAMC

The 2012 Farm Bill failed to come to a floor vote in the U.S. House before the end of year, but some key provisions were passed as part of the fiscal bill that the House passed late on New Year’s Day.

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