Candace Campbell

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How TV Has Made Us Stupid About Farming

From parachuting cows to learning-disabled farmers, commercials have effectively dumbed down agriculture.<p>As a full-time farmer, I don't have much time to watch television. Despite my best intentions, I've never seen an episode of <i>Mad Men</i>, <i>Breaking Bad</i>, or <i>Game of Thrones</i>. I'm usually game for a …

Farm negotiators shift on subsidies

Bowing to pressure from corn and soybean interests, farm bill negotiators are testing new options for paying crop subsidies on some variation of a farm’s historic base acres— rather than what’s actually being planted each year.<p>The reversal dashes early hopes— shared by the House and Senate— to …

Legal Experts Slam Controversial Farm Bill Amendment In Letter To Congress

A group of law professors have written to the House and Senate blasting a controversial amendment to the farm bill currently undergoing negotiations.<p>Originally published in a study, the letter penned by 14 law professors was obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle and not released publicly. In it, …

Every School Should Have a Farm to Feed Its Students

I have always loved working with my hands. It is only now, after five years of farming that I realize I chose to farm as a way to work with my hands …

Farming

Reformers could be key on farm bill

On a 230-194 vote last June, the House attached a tough new set of payment reforms to farm subsidies. Minutes later, two-thirds of the same 230 “reformers” turned around and voted against the bill on final passage.<p>That split still echoes six months later in the final House-Senate negotiations on …

From Farm to City

When it comes to supplying fresh, local food to our cities, there's good news: Over a third of U.S. farms are located near our cities, and they're responsible for two-thirds of America's agricultural production.<p>But the very farms integral to sustaining these supplies, not to mention our cities' …

How Farms Across America Are Using Cow Manure For Renewable Energy

Many have heard about how cow farts and manure decomposition both produce harmful methane gas, which contributes to global warming pollution. What is …

Why Farm to School Will Save Our Food System

<i>by Chelsey Simpson, communications associate for the</i> National Farm to School Network<p>For those of us interested in food system reform, there are now (thankfully!) hundreds of worthy organizations and causes competing for our time and resources. Should you volunteer to help launch a new CSA in your …

Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014

House and Senate negotiators working to finish a farm bill say it is unlikely their work will be completed before the end of the year. The House is only in session for the rest of the week, and according to one of the negotiators, this week's snowy weather has delayed some numbers-crunching needed …

No farm bill in 2013 – FDA to release guidance and proposed rule on animal antibiotics – Senate EPW RFS hearing today

<b>NO FARM BILL IN 2013:</b> “Farm bill negotiators conceded Tuesday that they will not finish their work before Congress goes home for the year but insisted that they are close to a final deal and working toward floor action in early January,” reports POLITICO’s David Rogers.<p>“’We are very confident that …

Agriculture

Farm Bill won’t be approved until January

Looks like the cows won't be coming home until January, at the earliest.<p>Top negotiators now acknowledge that a new Farm Bill won't be ready to pass before the House plans to adjourn on Friday, but say that they should be able to unveil their measure in early January and avoid a spike in the …

FDA Aims To Reduce Use Of Antibiotics For Fattening Farm Animals

But critics say the program won’t actually change how much antibiotics pigs, chickens and other animals consume.<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking veterinary drug companies to voluntarily agree to make it illegal to feed healthy animals some antibiotics. If the antibiotic is on the …

San Francisco Proposes Soda Tax, Farm Bill Negotiations, and More in Food Policy This Week

Farm Bill Negotiations Begin—Again<p>Last Wednesday, the House and Senate re-started debate over the Farm Bill. Farm Bill negotiations had previously stalled as the government shutdown and budget crisis took center stage in Congress. Now, lawmakers are suiting up to try to achieve a compromise between …

Will Feds Bankrupt Small Farms With Food Safety Rules?

The Good Food Movement is the fastest growing segment of the food industry. People from all walks of life are now actively seeking out local and sustainable food produced by family farmers.<p>But this movement -- which is bringing major health, environmental and economic benefits to tens of millions …

Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!

When most people think about farm subsidies, chances are they do not immediately think "massive taxpayer money boondoggle that should be cut from the federal budget immediately." They've probably heard about how hard it is out there for small family farmers, doing honest work in the world, keeping …

A Farm Bill Postmortem: The End of Food Politics as Usual

The Senate's passed its version of the thousand-page bill. So, now what?<p><i>The Senate's passed its version of the thousand-page bill. So, now what?</i><p>Everyone else is mixed or skeptical:<p>From Food and Water Watch: "Today, the U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that left the largest agribusiness and food …

Can US farm bill satisfy hunger for reform?

With the US farm bill in the final stages of negotiation, time is running out for aid groups and the Obama administration, who are anxious to see changes to the country's international food aid programme, which they say is overdue for reform.<p>After 18 months of fitful negotiations, the farm bill – a …

How to Pass the Farm Bill: Make It About Anything but Farm Subsidies

Whether he’s talking about energy security, infrastructure, or nutrition, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has perfected the game of political distraction.<p>Few people are paying attention to the farm bill currently making its way through Congress. Between the government shutdown, the technical …

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Power 1 Million Homes in Scotland

The title of ‘world’s largest offshore wind farm‘ has been batted about many times in the past few years – from the 100-turbine Thanet Wind Farm in …

Vilsack: Much at stake in farm bill

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed back on Thursday against efforts by some lawmakers to include provisions to change the controversial country-of-origin labeling rules in a final farm bill, saying the issue is better handled by the World Trade Organization, which is already looking at the …

Amendment To Farm Bill Could Be End To Humane Farming Standards

A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states’ rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to finalize the bill passed in the House earlier this year.<p>The Protect Interstate Commerce Act, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would amend the farm …

Farm-Bill Conferees Focus on Food-Stamp Fight

As farm-bill con­fer­ees try to fin­ish their work be­fore the end of the cal­en­dar year, they face one over­whelm­ing ques­tion: Will the fed­er­al …

CalTech Researcher John Dabiri Uses Biomimicry to Design Cheaper, More Efficient Vertical Axis Wind Farms Inspired by Schools of Fish

Wind turbine designs have improved significantly in recent years, but wind farms are still pretty inefficient. That’s because traditional wind …

What A Grass-Fed Animal Farm Looks Like

EG Patch took a visit to Pat McNiff's current farm in Jamestown - take the virtual tour.<p>With all the comments going back and forth about animal …

Lucas: This week key to farm deal

Hopeful but also impatient, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says “this is deadline week” for a farm bill deal if he is to have any chance of enacting legislation before Congress goes home for the year in December.<p>“We’re not there yet,” the Oklahoma Republican told reporters …

Corn popping in farm bill talks

Falling corn prices are making themselves felt in House-Senate farm bill talks.<p>Indeed, having argued long and hard for a new, more market-oriented approach to farm subsidies, corn growers and their Midwest allies in Congress face the embarrassment of looking like the first in line at the federal …

Egg war? California law sparks tensions, threats in farm bill talks

WASHINGTON -- California's egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill.<p>The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under …