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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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Loose horses sold for slaughter.

Photograph by Nate Jenkins/AP Photo

Loose horses sold for slaughter.

Obama Budget: No Horse Meat

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: President Barack Obama’s budget envisions zeroing out money for horse inspections, a move that — if it becomes law — would effectively block the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. Section 725,...

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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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Steve Tellam, co-owner of Tellam & Tellam Cattle, prepares to round up cattle to sell to another ranch in Ramona, California.

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Steve Tellam, co-owner of Tellam & Tellam Cattle, prepares to round up cattle to sell to another ranch in Ramona, California.

USDA: No Meat in ‘Meatless Monday’

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was not amused, not by a long shot, when it learned this week that the USDA was endorsing — or at least someone with access to an agency website was endorsing — “Meatless Mondays.” The...

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