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Colorado slogging behind nation on food stamps

DENVER - People are at their best when they have enough to eat, but one in seven Coloradans still doesn't know when or where...

Coloradans urge lawmakers to curb dangerous beef-industry antibiotics use

A lot rides on a stressed-out cow. They aren't happy, and they don't make for good eating because they're more susceptible to illness. Yet a lot of cows are stressed in America. They're shuttled around and crowded onto the massive feedlots.

Nation’s farm bill expires, critical programs shutter as government shuts down

DENVER -- On Monday, as House Republicans determined to defund the Affordable Care Act steered the federal government toward shut down, the limping extension of the now-five-year-old law that governs the nation’s farm policy expired.

Farm Bill Dysfunction: Colo. Interest Groups, Farmers Groan as Congress Fiddles

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.-- Last week U.S. Republican representatives voted to exclude the nation’s revamped food stamps program from the House version of the 2013 farm bill. This week, the Colorado Public Interest Research Group released a report on what it calls the farm bill’s wasteful agricultural-subsidy spending, joining with farmers to ask Congress to make real reforms before passing the vital five-year legislation.

Coloradans Hold Breath Watching Washington Wrangle Over Farm Bill

The titanic piece of legislation known simply as "the farm bill" is being debated again in Washington. The legislation is critical for Colorado, where agriculture contributes $40.7 billion annually to the state economy, making it the second-largest revenue-generating industry after tourism.

Anti-abortion group sues over denial of federal funding

Should taxpayer funds be used to help a “Christ centered ministry” buy and renovate a building in which it will offer Bible instruction and other services aimed at preventing abortion?

Childhood hunger in Colorado is on the rise

One thing you can say about a kid who goes to bed hungry is that he will wake up the same way. Odds are he'll go to school hungry as well. Repeat that cycle a few times a week and you've got a problem. Experts say it is a problem that can be solved, even though it hasn't been yet.

Hunger has worsened in Perry’s Texas but remained steady nationally, federal...

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows household hunger remained steady from 2009 to 2010, but worsened in Texas during the years the state has been hailed as a model for weathering the economic downturn.

Promiseland Livestock’s organic certification pulled over documentation issues

Last week, the USDA suspended the organic certification of Promiseland Livestock, one of the largest organic cattle companies in the country. The suspension came not as a result of proven violations of mandated farming practices, despite suspicions that the company had for years been "laundering" conventional animals as organic, but because the company failed to provide adequate documentation required under the National Organic Program.

Immigration and agriculture: where the policies hit the ground

A study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of California indicates that as the border between the United States and Mexico tightens and as immigration laws are more strictly enforced there could be dramatic changes in how American crops are harvested.