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A Hampshire pig  in Winchester, Kentucky.

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A Hampshire pig in Winchester, Kentucky.

Hog-Wild Beef Prices Belie Ranchers’ Livestock Losses

The life and death of livestock gets congressional attention this week as a House  subcommittee looks at an industry that has seen its ups (in prices) and downs (in millions of lost animals). One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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A sugarcane farm in Belle Glade, Florida on  Oct. 31, 2013.

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A sugarcane farm in Belle Glade, Florida on Oct. 31, 2013.

Farm Bill Shields Crop Insurance

Watchdog groups reeling over the easy passage of a farm bill in the House are focusing on a quieter loss they say is significant for government transparency: The defeat of a plan to make lawmakers disclose crop-insurance subsidies. Absent from...

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

Farm Bill’s Food Stamps Reflect Decades of Savvy Politics

One of the most contentious points in the long-delayed legislation to set U.S. agricultural policy is a seemingly unrelated issue: Food assistance for the poor. Today the House passed a nearly $1 trillion “farm bill” that cuts food-stamp spending by...

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Daily wage laborers stack sacks of grain at a warehouse in Faridkot, India.

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Daily wage laborers stack sacks of grain at a warehouse in Faridkot, India.

World’s Hungry Watch U.S. Farm Bill

The farm bill, a Capitol Hill ritual of lobbying and log-rolling that connects farmers and health advocates with the urban poor and insurance companies, has been snagged in Congress in arcane disputes over subsidy-payment formulas and arguments over the extent...

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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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Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

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Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Can You Hear Me Now?

Attorney General Eric Holder may be defending more than his budget in his appearance before a Senate committee today. The revelation that the Obama administration is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers using a secret court order...

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A combine harvests a field of corn in Ohio.

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A combine harvests a field of corn in Ohio.

Washington Daybook: Family Farms

Fifteen members of the House and Senate or their spouses benefited from federal farm subsidies last year, underscoring a personal stake for some lawmakers in a congressional debate that resumes this week over spending on agriculture programs. The U.S. won’t...

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