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2009-01-15 11:18:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Aid announced today that it granted $557,550 in 2008 to family farm and rural service organizations nationwide. The organization invested more than $68,000 alone in programs that support family farm agriculture across New England, which was home to its 2008 benefit concert. "Farm Aid is proud to support the hands-on work of building a sustainable, family farm-based food system on the local, state, regional and national levels," said...

2009-01-06 08:00:00

Iowa Hosts National Agricultural Event that is Open to the Public and Features Meetings with Jim Hightower, Sue Martin, Roya Stanley, Will Allen, Donald Hey, Brian O'Shaughnessy, and Many Other Farming Experts WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA), announced today that its coming 22nd Annual Convention will feature discussions with industry experts including several new additions to its speakers line-up. Opening with a "public invited" one day...

2008-10-01 03:00:06

Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the advent of a new era in nutrition assistance at USDA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name of the Food Stamp Program, as a result of the recently enacted Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246), also known as the Farm Bill. SNAP more accurately reflects the program's true mission to provide food assistance and nutrition education to assist participants as they move to a healthier lifestyle and...

2008-09-20 15:00:33

By Suzanne Mills-Wazniak Contributing Writer The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 was enacted by the United States Congress on June 18. This Act is also known as the much anticipated and controversial "2008 Farm Bill." What one might not know is that the 2008 Farm Bill contains many provisions that affect nonfarming consumers. The familiar Food Stamp Program (renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is part of the Title 4 -- Nutrition section of the 2008 Farm...

2008-09-01 09:00:15

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News Except for an overridden veto by President Bush, the $290 billion farm bill quietly passed through Congress this past summer, with funds expected to last for five years. If you're like most people, the news didn't become dinner table fodder. "It's a piece of legislation that not that many people know a lot about, and it's almost really a misnomer in the sense that it's about a lot more than farming," Bush's Natural Resources and Environment under...

2008-08-27 15:01:03

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $35 million for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, the department announced Wednesday. Grants and loan guarantees will be awarded to 639 individuals and businesses in 45 states and the Virgin Islands, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said in a news release. "America is a world leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency," Schafer said. "These projects are good for business, good for the economy, good for jobs, and they help...

2008-08-07 12:00:21

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Anita Brown +1-530-792-5644, or Alan Forkey +1-530-792- 5653, both of Natural Resources Conservation Service Sign up follows record $54 million in conservation contracts in California in 2008 DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conservation cost share applications for the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are being accepted for funding consideration in fiscal year 2009 from now through November 2, 2008 at USDA Natural...

2008-07-20 06:00:25

By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, Conn. Jul. 20--The recent passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, which sets the nation's agricultural policy for the next four years, benefits Connecticut agricultural operations more than previous legislation has, according to state and federal officials. Though some area farmers question whether the bill, passed last month, does enough to help them, others say it ushers in far-reaching improvements -- to the industry as well as the towns that house it....

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2008-05-22 08:10:00

Democrats are picking up the pieces after an embarrassing technical gaffe that delayed a triumphant rejection of President Bush's veto of a massive farm bill. Members from both parties hoped to bring the $290 billion bill, which includes election-year subsidies for farmers and food stamps for the poor, back to their districts over Memorial Day. But that is looking less likely now that the legislation will have to be passed all over again due to a printing error. The House voted...

2006-05-08 09:03:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress should rewrite U.S. farm subsidy law dramatically to encourage land stewardship and protect farm income by "revenue-based risk management systems" that would replace an automatic spigot into the U.S. Treasury, a coalition of environmentalists and others proposed on Monday. Mainstream farm groups want a continuation of the 2002 farm law, which sharply boosted grain, cotton and soybean support levels and costs to about $20 billion a year. Lawmakers are...


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