Posts Tagged ‘ farm bill ’

Farm Bill Crosses the Finish Line

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Ducks like this Northern Pintail will benefit from Conservation Reserve Program monies and other Farm Bill provisions. (photo by Dan Cox / USFWS)

Earlier this month, the Farm Bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the President. While the bill isn’t perfect, it does contains a number of victories for conservation that will yield significant benefits to birds and other wildlife. The biggest win is the inclusion of conservation compliance. This

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Local farmers keen on farm bill; state’s congressmen, not so much

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

Eastern Connecticut farmers and hunger advocates said Wednesday they’ll be monitoring the status of a nearly trillion-dollar farm bill closely in the coming days — and for very different reasons.

Why Connecticut needs a farm bill now

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

By Bryan Hurlburt This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day, by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation. The Farm Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong

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Farm bill’s defeat — A lost opportunity for food security and farms

Oct 9th, 2013 | By
Fair Weather Acres, Rocky HIll (facebook)

One amendment would have reduced annual funding for the federal food stamp program — known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — by $2 billion a year, and removed up to 2 million unemployed, low-wage and poor people who use their SNAP/EBT card to buy food and eligible non-food items. Another amendment would have allowed states to require food stamp applicants to submit to drug testing as part of the SNAP application process.

Farm Bill ‘Reform’ Is in the Eye of the Beholder

May 29th, 2013 | By

Earlier this month, the House and Senate agriculture committees passed their respective versions of the legislation they hope will govern U.S. agricultural policy for the next five years. Although both chambers have attempted to promote their bills as a cheaper, more sensible policy than what would occur if the current programs were simply extended, neither

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Farm bill cuts likely to bring pain to more than Connecticut’s farmers

Nov 21st, 2011 | By

Mention of the farm bill generally conjures visions of big payouts to Midwestern corn and wheat growers with little relevance to the small farmers or just about anyone else in Connecticut. True those subsidies don’t mean much here, but there is plenty in the legislation that does. It is packed with provisions from dairy supports

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