Farm Bill http://kcur.org en The Farm Bill's Final Steps http://kcur.org/post/farm-bills-final-steps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Feb. 4, Congress passed the farm bill, a piece of legislature that will cut food stamps by $800 million a year, consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs and provide crop insurance to farmers. Harvest Public Media's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy </span>Bernfeld<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;share details on the changes to one of the largest spending measures congress passes.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:00:01 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51063 at http://kcur.org Senate Passes Farm Bill, Sends It To President http://kcur.org/post/senate-passes-farm-bill-sends-it-president <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The U.S. 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.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:15 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 50776 at http://kcur.org Senate Passes Farm Bill, Sends It To President 2014 Farm Bill Would Change U.S. Ag Policy http://kcur.org/post/2014-farm-bill-would-change-us-ag-policy <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">It’s getting so close now … Last week the U.S. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:05:56 +0000 Amy Mayer 50679 at http://kcur.org 2014 Farm Bill Would Change U.S. Ag Policy Senate To Consider Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/senate-consider-farm-bill <p>The U.S. Senate is set to take up the long overdue farm bill Monday.</p><p>The bill passed the U.S. House last week and if it makes it through the Senate, many Midwest farmers will be taking a close look at how they spread the risk of growing commodities. Sstarting immediately, direct payments would not be available to prop up the bottom line.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Peter Gray 50677 at http://kcur.org As 2013 Comes To A Close, Still No Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/2013-comes-close-still-no-farm-bill <p>For the second straight year, farmers are heading into a new year without a farm bill. The massive package provides government support for farmers and ranchers. But, divisions in Congress, including over the nutrition programs that make up the bulk of the spending, have kept it from the president’s desk.</p><p>Farmers say it’s difficult to plan their crops and make other business decisions without a farm bill. Instead, Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart says farmers must focus on the information they have.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:55:42 +0000 Amy Mayer 49032 at http://kcur.org As 2013 Comes To A Close, Still No Farm Bill Farm Bill Set To Expire, But ‘Dairy Cliff’ Not Quite Imminent http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-set-expire-dairy-cliff-not-quite-imminent <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">No need to hoard milk and ice cream over New Year’s Day. Turns out, the “dairy cliff” isn’t as steep as we may have once thought.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:17:59 +0000 Grant Gerlock 48933 at http://kcur.org U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military http://kcur.org/post/us-senator-claire-mccaskill-budget-sexual-assault-military <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We’re nearing the end of this year’s legislative session in Washington, but things aren’t cooling off quite yet.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, <strong>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill</strong>&nbsp;joins Steve Kraske to discuss the future of the farm bill, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the recent House budget deal and what’s going on with John Boehner after his speech about the Tea Party to Republican lawmakers.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:27:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48417 at http://kcur.org U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill On The Budget, Sexual Assault In The Military Farm Bill Falls Victim To Polarization, Gridlock In Washington http://kcur.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> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:52:49 +0000 Amy Mayer 48405 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Falls Victim To Polarization, Gridlock In Washington One Thing 2013 Won't Deliver: A Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/one-thing-2013-wont-deliver-farm-bill <p>Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.</p><p>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> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:04:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 48155 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senator Wants Farm Bill Talks To Resume http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senator-wants-farm-bill-talks-resume <p>Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill. The legislation is in a conference committee where negotiators will try to work out differences between versions passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.</p><p>The current farm bill has already expired, which means some programs will end later this month and prices for commodities like milk will go up if there isn't some kind of agreement.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:58:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 47854 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senator Wants Farm Bill Talks To Resume The Farm Bill Expired This Week, What Does That Mean For You? http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-expired-week-what-does-mean-you <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may have heard that the </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires#.Uk3q0ySsh8E" style="line-height: 1.5;">farm bill expired at midnight on Monday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but chances are, you probably haven&rsquo;t noticed. The farm bill is buried in Washington under a mountain of significant and controversial legislation, from the government shutdown to the debt ceiling, and likely won&rsquo;t be in the headlines any time soon.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:25:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 44678 at http://kcur.org The Farm Bill Expired This Week, What Does That Mean For You? Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game http://kcur.org/post/congress-still-playing-farm-bill-game <p>The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:43:37 +0000 Amy Mayer 43316 at http://kcur.org Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game Vilsack: Immigration Reform Critical For Midwest http://kcur.org/post/vilsack-immigration-reform-critical-midwest <p>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture. That's the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio Monday that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:08:43 +0000 Tim Lloyd 41872 at http://kcur.org Vilsack Urges Congress To Speed Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/vilsack-urges-congress-speed-farm-bill <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in farm country Monday continuing to push Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk.</p><p>Vilsack doesn’t consider extending the farm bill beyond the September 30 expiration a sound option.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:43:23 +0000 Amy Mayer 40673 at http://kcur.org House Passes Farm-Only Farm Bill http://kcur.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> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:00:01 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 40015 at http://kcur.org House Passes Farm-Only Farm Bill Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-fail-leaves-farmers-uncertain-unvexed-0 <p>Farmers work at the mercy of three big forces that are largely outside their control, the weather, the markets, and the government.</p><p>In many parts of the country the first two are doing pretty well these days, but government remains the wild card. Congress can’t seem to pass the farm bill, a huge package of legislation setting food policy for years to come.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris 39446 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed Farm Bill Failure May Mean Uncertainty For Farmers http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-failure-may-mean-uncertainty-farmers <p>Congress did not pass the new version of the farm bill last week-- but what does that really mean for farmers?</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with Harvest Public Media's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/people/peggy-lowe"><strong>Peggy Lowe</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.kcur.org/people/jeremy-bernfeld"><strong>Jeremy Bernfeld </strong></a>about how this bill's failure affects farmer subsidies and food assistance. We'll also look at what happens when the current farm bill expires.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:52:27 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 39042 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Failure May Mean Uncertainty For Farmers MO Congressmen Speak Out On Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/mo-congressmen-speak-out-farm-bill <p>Members of Missouri's Congressional delegation are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.</p><p>Democrats, including St. Louis Congressman William Lacy Clay, say the GOP-backed bill goes too far.</p><p>Clay calls the cuts "outrageous."</p><p>"The savings achieved are small when compared to the great human suffering this change would cause," Clay says. "This is targeting the least among us."</p><p>Clay says ending subsidies on sugar, corn and other crops would be a better way to save money on agriculture costs.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:36:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38787 at http://kcur.org What The Farm Bill Means For Daily Life On The Farm http://kcur.org/post/what-farm-bill-means-daily-life-farm <p>The farm bill being discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives contains legislation having to do with all aspects of how Americans put food on their dinner tables. &nbsp;About 80 percent of the bill deals with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (<a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-food-stamp-debate">SNAP</a>), what we often call “food stamps.” Other portions of the legislation, though, address policy governing the farms that create this food.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:43:38 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 38751 at http://kcur.org What The Farm Bill Means For Daily Life On The Farm What You Should Know About The Food Stamp Debate http://kcur.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-food-stamp-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House is set to take up the farm bill this week, after the </span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UcC3eJzgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate passed its version of the bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in early June. Both bills include about $500 billion in spending over five years. Few pieces of legislation can produce such sharp divisions, even by Washington standards—but few could have such immediate, significant impact on so many Americans.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:23:39 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Payne Roberts 38717 at http://kcur.org What You Should Know About The Food Stamp Debate 3 Takeaways From The Senate Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/3-takeaways-senate-farm-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.</span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:15:47 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 38304 at http://kcur.org 3 Takeaways From The Senate Farm Bill Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-becomes-fodder-fiscal-cliff-wrangling Among the loose ends that lawmakers would like to tie up before the end of this lame-duck session is the farm bill, which is made up mostly of crop subsidies and food stamps.<p>The last farm bill expired in September. The Senate has passed a new one; the House has not. Farm-state lawmakers are urging leaders to include a farm bill as part of any budget deal to avert year-end tax increases and spending cuts.<p>But not everyone thinks that's a good idea.<p>Among those pushing for action on the farm bill is the Connecticut-based nonprofit Wholesome Wave. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:32:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28878 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling McCaskill Frustrated Over Farm Bill, Health Exchanges http://kcur.org/post/mccaskill-frustrated-over-farm-bill-health-exchanges <p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she’s frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls “bipartisan” and “vitally important.”</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:32:11 +0000 Julie Bierach 28286 at http://kcur.org McCaskill Frustrated Over Farm Bill, Health Exchanges Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/farmers-put-aside-differences-push-farm-bill <p>The farm bill expired Monday and lawmakers didn’t pass a new one, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, though, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:34:09 +0000 Amy Mayer 25395 at http://kcur.org Farmers Put Aside Differences, Push For Farm Bill What If Congress Doesn't Pass A Farm Bill? http://kcur.org/post/what-if-congress-doesnt-pass-farm-bill <p>Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.</p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:03:22 +0000 Clay Masters 22876 at http://kcur.org What If Congress Doesn't Pass A Farm Bill?