About 47 million Americans, 1 in 7, received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2013 fiscal year.
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When President Obama signs the long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014– the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.
More than two years in the making, the farm bill process has been a log slog for lawmakers on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill and farmers alike.
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It’s getting so close now. Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. President Obama’s signature could be on it in the coming days and then…boom! After so many months of debate and delay, a new set of farm and nutrition policies for the next five years will be law.
Boone County, Iowa, farmer Greg Rinehart grew sweet corn last year for the frozen food giant Birds Eye. This year, he’ll grow corn and peas.
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In the Midwest, crop agriculture often gets divided between the major commodities – corn, soybeans and wheat – and everything else. Diverting acres away from a major commodity to an un-tested crop is risky, but sometimes agronomics and market forces meet in a sweet spot and farmers can reap the benefits of innovation.