Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org en Out of Public Eye, a Costly, Bitter Farm Bill Fight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/out-public-eye-costly-bitter-farm-bill-fight <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 43705 at http://iowapublicradio.org Out of Public Eye, a Costly, Bitter Farm Bill Fight Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:04:36 +0000 Peggy Lowe 43691 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill What You Should Know about Our Food System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-our-food-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use.</span></p><p>So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.</p><p>With that in mind, here are four things you should know about today’s food system:</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The new farm bill became law in February</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39161 at http://iowapublicradio.org What You Should Know about Our Food System President Signs New Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-signs-new-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:12:43 +0000 Amy Mayer 35965 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Signs New Farm Bill The Uneasy Marriage of Food Stamps and Farm Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uneasy-marriage-food-stamps-and-farm-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When President Obama signs the </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight" style="line-height: 1.5;">long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 35890 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Uneasy Marriage of Food Stamps and Farm Policy You Have Neanderthal Genes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/you-have-neanderthal-genes <p>For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new &nbsp;smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 35620 at http://iowapublicradio.org You Have Neanderthal Genes Farm Bill Compromise Passes House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-compromise-passes-house <p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48:14 +0000 Amy Mayer 35551 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Bill Compromise Passes House “Dairy cliff” not quite imminent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dairy-cliff-not-quite-imminent <p></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">No need to hoard milk and ice cream over New Year’s Day. Turns out, the “dairy cliff” isn’t as steep as we may have once thought.</span></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33772 at http://iowapublicradio.org “Dairy cliff” not quite imminent Cameras, Compromise, 'Codone, 'The Catch,' and Cold http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cameras-compromise-codone-catch-and-cold <p>In this 'News Buzz' edition of River to River, hear about new rules for traffic cameras in Iowa, a stopgap farm bill passed in the U.S. House, a new hydrocodone-related drug which is meeting opposition from Iowa's Attorney General, the Hawkeyes will meet LSU, and what's with the early bout of cold weather?</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:22:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cameras, Compromise, 'Codone, 'The Catch,' and Cold Another farm bill deadline passes without a deal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/another-farm-bill-deadline-passes-without-deal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t. All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/no-farm-bill-year#.UqoTUfRUf-s" style="line-height: 1.5;">won’t get done</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this year. They’re pushing it off until January.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 33432 at http://iowapublicradio.org Another farm bill deadline passes without a deal News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-ethanol-and-harvest-wrap <p>Nearly all gasoline sold in the U.S. contains up to 10 percent of ethanol—a corn-based liquid often added to gasoline. As a renewable fuel ethanol reduces the amount of petroleum-based gasoline on the market and many farmers receive subsidies to grow corn for the biofuel. But now the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a reduction in the required amount of ethanol for the country's gasoline supply.&nbsp; Harvest Public Media's Ames-based reporter <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/amy-mayer">Amy Mayer</a> and host Ben Kieffer discuss the future of ethanol in the U.S.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:13:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 32528 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Ethanol and Harvest Wrap Up Farm bill expires, leaves farmers in limbo--again http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-expires-leaves-farmers-limbo-again <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:51:00 +0000 Amy Mayer & Jeremy Bernfeld 29913 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill expires, leaves farmers in limbo--again Congress still playing the farm bill game http://iowapublicradio.org/post/congress-still-playing-farm-bill-game <p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 28694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Congress still playing the farm bill game U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and the Digital Divide http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-rep-dave-loebsack-and-digital-divide <p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with <a href="http://loebsack.house.gov/">Congressman Dave Loebsack</a> from Iowa’s 2<sup>nd</sup> District to discuss his thoughts on a potential a military strike on Syria, the stalled Farm Bill, immigration reform, and the next debt ceiling.<br /> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:02:55 +0000 Katherine Perkins, Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 28632 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack and the Digital Divide Iowa Business Beat: Shakeups in Agribusiness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-shakeups-agribusiness <p></p><p>This week Clay and Sarah discuss big news in agribusiness and how the industry is reacting. The U.S. House passed a farm bill that strips the nutrition portion out of the legislation, breaking up the rural/urban coalition of lawmakers. Also, a deadly pig virus is causing pork producers to be even more cautious with how they operate their business. And a deadly train accident in Quebec has people in the United States looking at how the country transports oil.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:43:42 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 23995 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Shakeups in Agribusiness County Partisanship and Other Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/county-partisanship-and-other-politics <p> Think you know which of Iowa's counties is most democratic, or most republican?&nbsp; University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Political Science Chris Larimer crunched the numbers.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/decision2012/2013/06/exploring-county-level-partisanship" target="_blank">http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/decision2012/2013/06/exploring-county-level-partisanship</a></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 23767 at http://iowapublicradio.org County Partisanship and Other Politics Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-supreme-court-decisions <p>On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. &nbsp;Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and&nbsp;Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. &nbsp;Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm&nbsp;Bill from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:37:31 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 23070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions House rejects farm bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/house-rejects-farm-bill <p></p><p>In a stunning move, the U.S. House voted against approving farm bill legislation Thursday, leaving the bill's future up in the air.</p><p>The House rejected the farm bill on a final tally of 234-195 after a day of dramatic, tight votes on amendments to the bill.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:59:21 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 22810 at http://iowapublicradio.org House rejects farm bill The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-crop-insurance-and-crp <p>As the Farm Bill is debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, host Charity Nebbe digs into the politics of farm policy in a special joint broadcast with <a href="http://www.kcur.org/">KCUR </a>in Kansas City and <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/">Harvest Public Media</a>.&nbsp; What's the future of crop insurance and the Conservation Reserve Program?&nbsp; What's at stake for farmers large and small?&nbsp; And also, how will what happens on the farm affect the rest of the country?</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:30:52 +0000 Sarah Boden 22714 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP The Future of SNAP http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-snap <p>The farm bill is legislation is worth more than $90 billion. It deals with everything from farm subsidies to crop insurance; but over 80% of this massive outlay goes to the <span class="st">Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,) which was once called food stamps.&nbsp; M</span>ore than 45 million people depend on SNAP, especially since the economic downturn.&nbsp; However, in the current versions of the bill both Democrats and Republicans are discussing cutting funds from the program.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:38:00 +0000 Katherine Perkins 22658 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Future of SNAP Farm bill extension doesn’t sit well with many organic farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-extension-doesn-t-sit-well-many-organic-farmers <p></p><p>S<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">hoppers looking for organic food may have to look a bit harder this year.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 14001 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill extension doesn’t sit well with many organic farmers Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-more-subsidies-and-food-stamps <p></p><p>With the election over, lawmakers now return to Washington for the final weeks of the 112<sup>th</sup> Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantor has said addressing the now <u>expired</u> Farm Bill <u>is</u> on the agenda. With Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports that it’s not just farmers facing the challenge of planning for an unknown future.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 10535 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps Why Campaigns Aren't Focusing on the Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-campaigns-arent-focusing-farm-bill <p></p><p>When Congress recessed&nbsp;for the election season without passing a new farm bill, many observers thought farmers would demand explanations as campaign trails blazed through small towns. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer has this look at how the farm bill is playing on the stump.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:38:48 +0000 Amy Mayer 9869 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Campaigns Aren't Focusing on the Farm Bill Farm Bill 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-2012 <p>The Farm Bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government. The comprehensive bill is passed every five years in Congress. Recently, Congress <a href="http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/53345/ " target="_blank">decided to postpone</a> action on the new bill until after the November elections.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:08:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9117 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Bill 2012 Coalescing around the Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/coalescing-around-farm-bill <p>The current farm bill expires at the end of September and lawmakers won’t have a new one passed, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:47:12 +0000 Amy Mayer 8503 at http://iowapublicradio.org Coalescing around the Farm Bill Which presidential candidate is best for agriculture? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/which-presidential-candidate-best-agriculture <p>Despite a devastating drought Iowa has weathered a rough economy thanks to its agricultural base. On Wednesday night Ag&nbsp;leaders from across the country gathered in Des Moines for a forum on agriculture. The question up for debate? Which presidential candidate is best for farmers. &nbsp;As Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports, the answer to that question could decide the election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:53:44 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 7943 at http://iowapublicradio.org Which presidential candidate is best for agriculture? Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net http://iowapublicradio.org/post/livestock-producers-caught-without-safety-net <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What&rsquo;s the holdup? Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:46 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net Farmers question farm bill restrictions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-question-farm-bill-restrictions <p></p><p>Next week the farm bill makes its way to the House. That&rsquo;s the big piece of legislation that sets food and agriculture policy for the next 5 years. How does this impact the average Iowan that isn&rsquo;t on the farm?&nbsp; Iowa State Agriculture economist Bruce Babcock says for the most part it doesn&rsquo;t&hellip; except for one thing.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Are the taxpayer dollars being well spent subsidizing really well managed farms, very smart farmers and very wealthy farmers?&quot; he said.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 06:10:13 +0000 Clay Masters 4227 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers question farm bill restrictions