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Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 25, 2019. On Wednesday, the Trump administration adopted a new policy that will restrict states'...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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