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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

Vilsack Says Delay Not Possible for Food-Stamp Cuts

A request by lawmakers to delay reductions in food-stamp benefits that Congress approved in a new farm bill can’t be met because of how the law was written, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “What we’re faced with it is that Congress has...

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A farmer is reflected in a window looking onto freshly harvested soft red winter wheat in the cab of his combine in Kirkland, Illinois, on July 17, 2013.

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A farmer is reflected in a window looking onto freshly harvested soft red winter wheat in the cab of his combine in Kirkland, Illinois, on July 17, 2013.

City Dwellers Get $24 Million From Farm Program That Won’t Die

Congress’s inability to pass a new farm law may frustrate farmers. Still, it may not be a bad deal for some city-dwellers, who received $24 million last year from a program that keeps getting extended until a new law is passed. Residents of...

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

House Panel Scraps Draft Farm Bill

Written with Derek Wallbank The House Agriculture Committee canceled tentative plans to draft a new farm bill after its top Democrat sought a commitment that the legislation will be considered by the full chamber, according to committee leaders. “There’s going to be no...

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

Fiscal Cliff Bonus Savings Offered: Un-sticking that Stuck Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow  is urging her party’s negotiators to throw another big piece of legislation into the mix during fiscal-cliff talks. Her suggestion: Look at the Senate-passed farm bill, S.  3240, according to spokesman Ben Becker. Bloomberg Government...

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Without a new farm bill, old legislation would gradually take effect in 2013, beginning with dairy programs in January. Photograph by Paul Sisul

Without a new farm bill, old legislation would gradually take effect in 2013, beginning with dairy programs in January. Photograph by Paul Sisul

Farm Bill Stalemate: No Crying Over Doubled Milk Prices Next Year

The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee says the $1-trillion agriculture bill the panel approved in July is out of his hands — and if milk prices double next year because Congress doesn’t act, it has only itself to...

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Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and food stamps are accepted at the Dollar General Corp. store in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, U.S., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

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Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and food stamps are accepted at the Dollar General Corp. store in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, U.S., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

Food-Stamp Record: Quiet Report

While the lowest unemployment rate of President Barack Obama’s tenure dominated weekend economic news, a less-welcome statistic for the White House — a record number 0f food-stamp recipients — slipped by with barely a notice. About 46.68 million Americans received...

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