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Illinois Farm Bill biologist Jason Bleich talks with Georgetown farmer Travis Vice about how the types of soils on his farm help determine the subsidy value at the U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Danville, Ill., on Feb. 12, 2015.

Conservation program ‘isn’t what it used to be’

The Farm Bill passed by Congress a year ago will have far reaching effects on federal conservation efforts throughout the Midwest. The bill slashed conservation funding by $4 billion and reduced the number of acres allowed into the Conservation Reserve Program by millions. Continue Reading

Dust from a soybean crop flies through the air during harvest season.

White House budget proposal seeks crop insurance cuts

The federal crop insurance program has – once again – come under fire for giving farmers too many subsidies and costing the American taxpayer too much money. This time, the attempt to restructure what many in the agriculture industry refer to as the main “safety net for farmers” comes from the White House and Congress. Continue Reading

The USDA proposed standards for cut up poultry parts last month. Photo illustration taken on Feb. 3, 2015.

USDA pushes for standards on poultry parts

Months after a handful of senators called for better food-safety regulations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new standards for cut up poultry. Currently, agencies only monitor whole poultry carcasses for pathogens. Continue Reading