Farmer aid agreement removes obstacle to federal shutdown negotiations

Sep 22, 2020
The GOP wanted increased funds for aid programs to farmers, but opponents said similar aid has gone to big corporations at the expense of smaller farms in the past.
A farmer walks back to his tractor as he plants corn on his Maryland farm. A dispute over funding for farmers was holding up negotiations to keep the federal government open.
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Congress closes in on a final farm bill

Dec 12, 2018
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $900 billion bill. To get there, House Republicans backed off demands to increase work requirements for people receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill could come up for a vote this week. 

Food aid need shifts from cities to countryside

Sep 24, 2018
Since the late 1970s, lawmakers have placed the SNAP nutrition program into the farm package hoping to get both urban and rural support. But that thinking might be outdated.
Small-town grocery stores like this one in southwest Iowa get 10 percent to 25 percent of their sales from federal food aid called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to the Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University.
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Trump administration details aid for farmers hurt by tariffs

Aug 27, 2018
The Trump administration announced details today of a $12 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the trade war. Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other countries have hit soybean producers especially hard, with prices falling about $2 a bushel this summer. The aid package includes help for soybean, wheat and corn farmers, and dairy […]
Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois.
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Georgia has looked at what it takes to train some food stamp recipients to meet work requirements

Jul 30, 2018
The House version of the proposed federal farm bill would require parents with children over 6 years old to fulfill a 20-hour work or training requirement to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. That means nationwide 3 million more people would suddenly need job training. The conundrum, said […]

Senate committee takes a crack at a bipartisan farm bill today

Jun 13, 2018
While this version is less partisan than previous ones, safety net programs are still a hurdle

Navigating technology in the public sector

May 11, 2018
How are government programs such as SNAP affected by old and new ways of doing business?
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Farmers eyeing trade tariff threats as crop insurance trims considered by House committee

Apr 18, 2018
The House Agriculture Committee considers the Farm Bill today. The bill includes funding for crop insurance, the federal program that protects farmers from swings in crop yields, and prices. If insurance is cut back, that could be a problem should China makes good on its latest tariff threats.  Click the audio player above to hear […]

Farm bill calls on more SNAP recipients to work

Apr 13, 2018
House Republicans have unveiled the 2018 farm bill. The legislation doesn’t just deal with agriculture, though. It also includes money for food stamps, now known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And that funding comes with strict work requirements. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

New Farm Bill proposes changes to food stamps

Apr 13, 2018
80% of spending in the Farm Bill goes to food stamps