food stamps http://wrkf.org en New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress http://wrkf.org/post/new-bipartisan-farm-bill-emerges-long-debate-congress Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. If enacted, it would close the gap left when the previous farm bill expired late in 2013, after an emergency extension lapsed.<p>The Agricultural Act of 2014, which will likely come up for a vote on Wednesday, reflects the many agendas that helped to complicate its creation.<p>It includes measures to reduce the deficit and eliminate programs. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:25:59 +0000 Bill Chappell 21822 at http://wrkf.org New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition) http://wrkf.org/post/loophole-or-workaround-food-stamp-edition In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law. People who want to cut food stamps call the provisions loopholes. People who don't want to cut food stamps say they're efficient ways to get benefits to those who need them most.<p><strong>1. Categorical Eligibility</strong><p>People who qualify for one means-tested program — like welfare — can automatically qualify for other programs — like food stamps. This is called "categorical eligibility."<p>Jessica Shahin, who oversees the food stamp program at the U.S. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 19621 at http://wrkf.org Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)