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The $956 billion farm bill, in one graph

This week, Congress is voting on a farm bill that will set U.S. food policy for the next half-decade. Here's what's in it.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 28, 2014

Food stamps will get cut by $5 billion this week — and more cuts could follow

The U.S. food-stamp program is set to shrink in the months ahead. The only real question is by how much.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 28, 2013

The U.S. has few farmers. So why does Congress love farm subsidies?

One theory is that lobbying explains it all. But new research suggests that lawmakers are actually responding to voter preferences.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 12, 2013

House Republicans finally pass a farm bill — with no money for food stamps

Unlike the Senate farm bill, the House version has no funding whatsoever for food stamps. Here's what could happen next.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 11, 2013

The farm bill died, but hemp may live on

The House took its first real vote in favor of hemp production last week.

The House just voted down its $940 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it.

The White House is threatening a veto over the bill's cuts to food-stamp programs. [Update: The farm bill got voted down 195-234.]

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 20, 2013

Wonkbook: Pass the farm bill, or these kids on food stamps get it

Rep. Mike Conaway has come up with a novel idea for getting Democrats to support the farm bill: If they don't support it, poor Americans will get less food.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jun 20, 2013