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U.S. meat-labeling law now farm bill target
Members of a select House-Senate panel on Wednesday targeted for potential repeal a U.S. meat-labeling law that Mexico and Canada have challenged as a violation of world trade rules, and that U.S. meatpackers also oppose.
Thursday, October, 31, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more
More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress begins negotiations on further cuts to the program.
Thursday, October, 31, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Seize the momentum
Hoeven and Klobuchar are ready for the farm bill conference.
Monday, October, 28, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Hoeven, Klobuchar ready for farm bill conference
An extra $100 million for rural water management and an expanded program for farmers to design their own Conservation Reserve Program contracts were among items that Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., discussed in yet another farm bill roundtable in Fargo, N.D., on Oct. 22.
Tuesday, October, 22, 2013 - Agweek - News

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SD, ND storm disaster helps prompt House approval of farm bill committee
The House and Senate are finally set to go to conference on the farm bill, spurred in part by the lack of livestock disaster aid for farmers in South Dakota and North Dakota.
Friday, October, 11, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Robin Hood in reverse on the farm
Nothing more sharply illustrates the immortal nature of government than the federal farm program, which began during the New Deal as a “temporary” relief measure for the rural poor and which now, in its 80th year, flourishes as a permanent entitlement for the rich.
Monday, September, 30, 2013 - Agweek - Opinion

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Path to farm bill conference remains unclear despite House food stamp vote
The House of Representatives on Sept. 19 passed a nutrition bill that satisfies conservative demands to cut $39 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years, but it still does not create a clear path toward a conference with the Senate on the farm bill.
Friday, September, 20, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House could vote soon on farm bill
The House of Representatives appears poised to vote on a bill to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years, possibly creating the ground work for a farm bill conference with the Senate and passage of a bill later this year.
Monday, September, 16, 2013 - - News

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Farm bill action takes the backseat
Rural lawmakers will go back to Washington with more instructions from their constituents on how to vote on whether to give President Barack Obama authority to act in Syria than on how to handle the farm bill or a Republican proposal to cut food stamps.
Monday, September, 09, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Peterson 'not optimistic' about farm bill
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., told the nation’s beet and cane growers on Aug. 7 that for a farm bill to pass, pressure must come from states that produce non-commodity crops.
Monday, August, 12, 2013 - Agweek - Markets

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House refuses to appoint conferees on farm bill
Three Upper Midwest senators have been named conferees on the farm bill. But the House Republican leadership’s refusal to appoint conferees and a plan for the House to vote on a big cut to the food stamp program means prospects for the bill passing this year have dimmed.
Friday, August, 02, 2013 - Agweek - News

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GOP prepares bill to cut food stamps by 5 percent
House Republicans are preparing legislation that would cut food stamps by as much as $4 billion annually in an effort to downsize a program that many conservatives say has become too bloated in recent years.
Thursday, August, 01, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Lucas: Farm bill conference should proceed if no House SNAP agreement by Aug. 2
With the farm bill stalled, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says that if the House cannot reach agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, before leaving on Aug. 2 for five weeks, the farm bill conference between the House and the Senate should proceed.
Friday, July, 26, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Senate sends farm bill back to House
With a powerful assist from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., convinced the Senate on July 18 to send the farm bill back to the House.
Friday, July, 19, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House passes farm bill without food stamps
A sharply divided U.S. House passed a farm bill 216-208 today amid complaints that it is the first time federal farm programs have become embroiled in partisan politics.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Republicans drop food stamps from farm bill
Just hours before Thursday’s expected floor vote, it was still unclear whether GOP leaders had the 218 votes needed to pass the new measure containing only farm programs.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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GOP tries to split farm bill
U.S. House Republicans want to remove food stamps from a farm bill, then pass the previously defeated agriculture funding legislation on its own.
Wednesday, July, 10, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Groups urge Boehner to bring farm bill back to floor
More than 500 farm groups wrote House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, July 2 to urge him to bring the full farm bill back to the House floor as soon as possible, while House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., defended the single bill and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., said he thinks he is making headway with his idea of splitting the bill into two.
Monday, July, 08, 2013 - Agweek - News

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'People blew it up on purpose'
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson says changes to food stamps sabotaged a new farm bill in the House of Representatives, but he is pushing for new legislation.
Monday, July, 08, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Agriculture's clout
The startling failure of the farm bill last month reflects the declining clout of the farm lobby and the once-powerful committees that have jurisdiction over agriculture policy, economists and political scientists say.
Monday, July, 08, 2013 - New York Times News Service - News

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