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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The House should overwhelmingly reject the terrible “farm-only” farm bill being considered this morning.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

House leaders got a lot of grief for the failure of the farm bill. And, now they are getting a lot of grief for proposing to divide the bill into two bills.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Raising animals in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is bad for public health and the environment.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Media attention has understandably focused on flooding, especially given the devastating floods that have repeatedly struck the region in recent years.This year, it looks as if the Midwest will dodge the bullet – flooding has been damaging and heart-breaking for those affected, but nothing yet has resembled the scope and devastation of the 1993 and 2008 floods.

But the Corn Belt’s rich soil and streams, especially in Iowa, haven’t been as lucky. The storms that pushed streams and rivers out of their banks have battered largely unprotected cropland soils throughout the region, sending tons of mud and farm chemicals into road ditches and streams across the heartland.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Alliance for Food and Farming, which is run out of a P.O. box in Watsonville, Calif., claims to extol the health benefits of consuming both conventional and organic produce and maintains that its members include both conventional and organic farmers.

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EnviroBlog
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Almost as soon as the gavel came down last week on an historic defeat for the farm bill in the House of Representatives, people started asking: What happens now?

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AgMag
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Subsidy reform could provide the path to passage of the farm bill.

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AgMag
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Friday, June 21, 2013

During a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources this week, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) once again declared that “direct payments” would end under the farm bill being considered by the House.

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AgMag
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

No one should be surprised that the full House of Representatives thoroughly rejected the bloated and divisive farm bill (H.R. 1947) produced by the Agriculture Committee. Here's why:

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AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, June 20, 2013

The House of Representatives faced a clear choice on Thursday afternoon when it came time to vote on the farm bill – formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. It’s kind of ironic that “reform” is in the title, since a lack of true reform helped doom the bill.

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AgMag
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Washington, D.C. --- Scott Faber, EWG’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a federal farm bill. 

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News Release
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Independent lab tests of a sample taken from a tar sands oil spill earlier this year in Arkansas detected several highly toxic chemicals, according to a new report by Environmental Working Group commissioned by clean energy advocate and philanthropist Tom Steyer.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There’s only one name that suits the farm bill that will be debated on the floor of the House today: Fincher’s Farm Bill.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How many members of Congress receive farm subsidies? If the House adopts an amendment to the farm bill requiring disclosure of subsidy recipients, including those who get crop insurance subsidies, we’ll finally get to know.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

An interactive map developed by the Environmental Working Group shows where more than 630 U.S.

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News Release
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On the eve of floor action in the House on the farm bill, a bipartisan gathering of Congressional staff ventured outside the Beltway the other day to visit Terry Ingram’s 220-cow organic dairy farm in Virginia’s Culpepper County.

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AgMag
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No one expected the House Agriculture Committee to produce a farm bill that protects taxpayers, supports family farmers, rewards stewards of the land and feeds the hungry.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, June 14, 2013

A new price guarantee program in the House farm bill could cost nearly $20 billion more than the discredited programs it is designed to replace, a new analysis shows.

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News Release
Friday, June 14, 2013

The House and Senate versions of the pending farm bill are supposed to save $47 billion by repealing three subsidy programs: direct payments, counter-cyclical payments and the average crop revenue election. But both bills would then use almost three-quarters of those savings – about $35 billion – to fund a suite of new farm income support programs designed to put a higher floor under crop prices or guarantee average revenues from crop sales. Read more, download report (PDF).

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