Jan 24, 2018

01/24/2018: How the Farm Bill affects you

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(Markets Edition) Now that the U.S. Farm Bill is up for authorization this year, we'll take a look at what exactly the measure entails. It turns out that it's not a bill that just impacts farmers, but one that arguably intersects with the lives of every single American. Afterwards, we'll discuss a policy change happening at the railroad freight company CSX, following the death of its CEO late last year. CSX will now require its chief executive officers to get annual physical examinations. Plus: As part of our new series Divided Decade, we'll hear from Nikki Jackson, a resident from Waldorf, Maryland, about how the financial crisis affected her.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls back the curtain on the farm bill

Jan 24, 2018
The secretary of agriculture will be in Pennsylvania today to lay out the USDA’s legislative priorities. The farm bill accounts for nearly a half trillion dollars in spending over a five-year period — with most of it going to food assistance. Based on projections, around 80 percent of farm bill spending goes to nutritional programs, with the […]

(Markets Edition) Now that the U.S. Farm Bill is up for authorization this year, we’ll take a look at what exactly the measure entails. It turns out that it’s not a bill that just impacts farmers, but one that arguably intersects with the lives of every single American. Afterwards, we’ll discuss a policy change happening at the railroad freight company CSX, following the death of its CEO late last year. CSX will now require its chief executive officers to get annual physical examinations. Plus: As part of our new series Divided Decade, we’ll hear from Nikki Jackson, a resident from Waldorf, Maryland, about how the financial crisis affected her.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC