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  • Congress approves farm bill

    WASHINGTON – After two years of waiting, Inland Northwest farmers have a farm bill that expands crop insurance, simplifies payments and spends millions of dollars on crop research. The five-year …


  • Senate sends Farm Bill to Obama

    WASHINGTON — The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, …


  • Shawn Vestal: Shrinking safety net doesn’t mean shrinking poverty

    What do you call a safety net that shrinks when it’s needed most? If you’re a certain kind of thinker, you call it victory.


  • Food aid reduction likely to increase demand at food banks

    Regional food banks anticipate needing more food by month’s end as the national food aid program’s temporary expansion ends. The 7 percent reduction in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, once …


  • Depression-era program sparks partisan debate

    WASHINGTON – Food stamps have figured in Americans’ ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson’s vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan’s scorn for crooked …


  • Shawn Vestal: Recession is poor time to cut aid to neediest

    Ten bucks a month. That’s roughly the size of cut that each person who receives government food aid is facing in five weeks. Your response to this cut may vary, …


  • House votes to cut $4 billion a year from food stamps

    WASHINGTON — The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than …


  • Congress finds support for farm subsidy change

    With Congress eyeing the prospect of military involvement in Syria and another impending debt standoff, the likelihood of federal farm and nutritional support legislation passing this month is dwindling by …


  • Senator Cantwell seeks action on farm bill

    The clock is ticking on federal farm legislation that pumps millions of dollars into crop research, insurance and market extension programs that aid the nation’s farmers. “We need to get …


  • McMorris Rodgers explains food aid cut

    A farm bill approved last week in the U.S. House of Representatives divorcing agriculture subsidies from food aid to the poor was designed to speed up the legislative process, Rep. …


  • Region’s ag community peeved at House

    Local growers and agencies expressed their exasperation with the House of Representatives and its failure once again to agree on a farm bill. Tim McGreevy, CEO of the USA Dry …


  • State, USDA sharing data to catch fraud

    OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies are teaming up in an effort to fight food-stamp fraud. While the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is tracking people who misuse …


  • Farmers markets in Spokane create incentive for people to eat locally

    Local farmers markets are encouraging people who receive money from federal food assistance programs to spend their dollars on healthy, local foods. Most Spokane-area farmers markets have accepted Supplemental Nutrition …


  • Idaho grocers seek to ease food stamp rush

    BOISE – Idaho’s grocery stores are putting up $100,000 of their own money and asking state lawmakers to change back to multiday distribution of food stamps each month, saying the …


  • Nationwide and close to home, poverty tightens its grip

    U.S. Census Bureau data reflect what everyone knows: The recession that persisted in 2009 bit into pay and benefits, and cut jobs. Poverty rates rose and food stamps were issued …


  • State cutting some cash assistance

    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reducing or eliminating payments to about 1,250 residents receiving cash assistance under the Aid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled program. Agency …


  • USDA: States struggle to administer food stamps

    With more Americans going hungry than ever before, the Agriculture Department is concerned that dozens of states aren’t adequately administering food stamp programs designed to provide food to low-income Americans.


  • Editorial: Food stamps go untapped by eligible Americans

    Accepting help can be difficult. You might have to swallow some pride. But people need to eat, and government aid is going unused. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that …


  • Recession raises numbers at free meals, food banks

    The recession is finding its way to the dinner table for more and more people. A new federal survey shows the number of people without a steady, reliable supply of …


  • Costco stores to start accepting food stamps

    PORTLAND – With many families suddenly struggling to feed themselves, the big warehouse clubs known for king-size packages of steak and jumbo boxes of Cheerios are increasingly competing with grocery …


  • Costco to accept food stamps

    Costco Wholesale plans to accept food stamps at its warehouse stores nationwide, a major shift for a company that earlier this year said it doubted there would be enough demand …


  • Number of Americans getting food stamps rises

    WASHINGTON – More Americans than ever before received food stamps in June, the Department of Agriculture said on Thursday, with more than 35 million Americans receiving assistance. The numbers are …


  • Idaho kids among most ‘food insecure’

    BOISE – A new nationwide study of child hunger shows Idaho making two top-10 lists – one measuring the most improvement in rates of child hunger, and another showing it …


  • Costco experimenting with food stamps

    Responding to the economic pressures on its shoppers, Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it will soon install the equipment to accept food stamps at two of its New York …


  • Farmers’ market may take plastic

    Food stamp recipients and credit- and debit-card users may be able to use plastic at the Spokane Farmers’ Market next year, a technological advancement funded by federal grant money. The …

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