Last week, the House of Representatives passed their farm bill - minus the nutrition title, so there's no funding for food stamps (or other forms of emergency food assistance) included. Here's a reader's treasury of coverage on the radical move.
Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.
Last week, drafts of the nearly $955 billion 2013 Farm Bill legislation were passed through both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The wild, wacky odyssey towards a new five-year farm bill continues - to what end is still unclear. Ahead: floor debates in the Senate and the House.
This is a big week for the 2013 Farm Bill. Ultimately, we're forecasting quite the floor fight as cuts to SNAP will again be the most contested part of this legislation which could rightly be referred to quite simply as the "Food Bill."
We're beginning 2013 with a nine-month extension to the 2008 Farm Bill which has passed both houses of Congress and become law - so the newly-sworn 113th Congress will have to draft a new farm bill. So how did this happen? And what does it mean?
On September 20, Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the House will not vote on the 2012 Farm Bill during this brief Congressional working session. So we'll just zip right past that pesky September 30 expiration date on the former bill. Check out what’s next!
Last Thursday, July 26, with farmers around the country reeling from drought, the House of Representatives voted to pass a standalone $383 million disaster aid bill, which does not extend the 2008 Farm Bill. It’s also unlikely to pass in the Senate, so in a sense, this bill is a placeholder until September.
Months of speculation, gossip, negotiation and probably some fortune-telling culminated in the House Agriculture Committee meeting last Wednesday, July 11, to markup their Farm Bill draft. Deep SNAP cuts, surprise riders about GMOs and wacky legislative time warps - all in our Farm Bill Status Report.
2012 Farm Bill update: It's Happy Fun Time with Amendments in the Senate. The House will begin to markup their version in late June, with a floor debate to follow in July. Expect them to propose cuts.
In which Ecocentric provides an overview of the 2012 Farm Bill - which could more aptly be called the Food Bill - and what may be a huge fight in this year of budget politics. Hint: SNAP (a/k/a food stamps) and the House of Representatives are involved.
On December 3, Food + Tech Connect and GoJee are hosting the Farm Bill Hackathon, bringing together food/ag experts, technologists, designers, policy makers and data specialists to develop tools and visualizations that can be used to help better understand how the farm bill impacts our lives.
Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now and native Iowan, is up to his neck in ag issues. You can call it an obsession, but Dave knows the power of the sustainable agriculture movement--and he knows exactly how to harvest it.