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2013-12-11 08:33:06

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent survey of farmers and ranchers by American Farmland Trust and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows the need for Congress to pass the Farm Bill, according to Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of AFT. AFT and the University surveyed farmers and ranchers who have benefitted from the bill's Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program. "The Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program is one of many critical agriculture programs...

2013-11-27 12:24:53

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of the American Farmland Trust, issued the following statement on the status of negotiations in Congress on the federal Farm Bill and urged citizens to express their support to members of Congress for farmland protection as Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving dinners-- "Congressional negotiators are working on the final phase of the 2013 Farm Bill, and everything is on the negotiating...

2013-11-14 08:35:28

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,300 state and local hunger-relief charities sent a letter to Congress urging members to strengthen and protect hunger-relief programs in the farm bill. The letter comes as the farm bill conference committee works to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. Specifically, the letter calls on Congress to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from funding cuts and harmful policy changes...

2013-10-31 12:28:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressional Conferees began work Wednesday on resolving differences between the Senate and House provisions in the Farm Bill, but Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO American Farmland Trust, noted the federal shutdown has not ended for many farm programs because the existing Farm Bill expired on September 30. "Farmers have been stuck in limbo since September 30 when the Farm Bill expired. They haven't been able to sign up for several...

2013-07-11 16:25:29

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bread for the World is deeply disappointed by Congress' decision on splitting the farm bill this afternoon. The House of Representatives leadership released a farm bill (H.R. 2642) late Wednesday night that did not include the nutrition title--the section that authorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). "As the economy slowly rebounds, more than 47 million Americans still depend on SNAP...

2013-07-11 16:25:28

CHICAGO, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier today, the House of Representatives approved a stripped down Farm Bill that excluded federal nutrition assistance programs. Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, opposes efforts to break apart the Farm Bill and sever the longstanding link between farm and food programs. The Farm Bill impacts a variety of activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Policies and programs in one title are...

2013-04-25 12:31:10

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,300 state and local hunger-relief organizations sent a letter to Congress urging members to strengthen and protect programs and policies that shield vulnerable, low-income Americans from hunger. The letter comes as the House and Senate Agriculture Committees prepare to mark up farm bill legislation in May. The letter calls on Congress to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), strengthen The...

2012-07-30 10:25:11

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) disaster relief bill that includes a one-year extension of the farm bill. The bill offsets disaster payments with cuts to direct payments and protects funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and international food aid. "We welcome Speaker Boehner's proposal to protect nutrition and food aid programs...

2012-07-12 06:25:43

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the farm bill with more than $35 billion in cuts to food and farm programs. The bill-the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act-passed out of committee with a vote of 35 to 11. It slashes more than $16 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program) and could have a devastating impact on nearly 3 million recipients....

2012-06-21 14:21:44

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Senate today passed its version of the farm bill, which included $4.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program). The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240) could impact 500,000 families and would reduce monthly SNAP benefits by $90. It was passed with 64 yes votes and 35 no votes. "With these cuts, hungry Americans will find it more difficult to put food...