January 28, 2020

Sen. Sanders Talks About Hunger in Vermont

From the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), October 9. “Senator Bernie Sanders joined representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf to address the dramatic decreases in food donations through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief, through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank. During FY 2012, the Foodbank saw a 50% reduction in its allotment of TEFAP food; that is more than one million pounds of food. This reduction in food comes during a time of unprecedented need.”

Sen. Sanders noted that he was concerned about the potential of additional cuts to nutrition programs by the House when the lower chamber considers the Farm Bill.


FAO Senior Economist Kostas Stamoulis on FAO Hunger Figures

From the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), October 9, “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), presents better estimates of chronic undernourishment based on an improved methodology and data for the last two decades. In this interview, FAO senior economist Kostas Stamoulis explains some of the key issues in this year’s SOFI report.

For additional information see this October 9 FAO news release.


Gov. Romney Addresses Farm, Rural Issues in Iowa

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney spoke about agricultural and rural issues this afternoon at a farm in Van Meter, Iowa.

The former Massachusetts Governor highlighted several issues important to Rural America including taxes, energy, the stalled Farm Bill, regulations and trade.

After his remarks on rural issues, Gov. Romney spoke about more broad-based themes of his election campaign, including a couple of personal stories.

To listen to the portion of today’s speech from Gov. Romney that focused on agriculture and rural issues, click on the listen bar below:

A complete transcript of Gov. Romney’s remarks can be viewed here.


Cantor Questioned on Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

From 7 News- Fox 28 Television (Watertown, N.Y.)- October 8- “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was in Watertown Monday to give his support to fellow Republican Matt Doheny and tour Knowlton Technologies.

“But reporter questions centered on a piece of legislation key to many in the north country – the Farm Bill that didn’t pass.”

The update noted that, “It’s Cantor’s job, as the House Majority Leader, to introduce legislation to be voted on.

Cantor refused to bring the proposed Farm Bill to a vote.

“He says it’s because there just wasn’t enough support.

“‘The reality is, Mr. Owens knows, the votes are not there. We want to bring a bill to the floor which institutes the proper relief to the farmers that need the certainty,’ said Cantor, referring to incumbent Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, who Doheny is challenging.”

See related video below for complete report:


Rural America; Budget; Farm Bill; Ag Economy; and, Trade

Rural America

Bill Bishop reported yesterday at the Daily Yonder Online that, “The unemployment rate in rural and exurban counties turned down in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“In rural counties, the unemployment rate in August barely nudged under 8 percent, at 7.99 percent. In exurban counties, the rate dove to 7.6 percent. (Exurban counties lie within metropolitan regions, but half the people who live there reside in rural settings.)

Both of these rates are down from July, 2012, when the rural rate was 8.4 percent and the exurban rate was 8 percent.”

The article added that, “Just because unemployment rates are lower, however, doesn’t mean that there’s been a boom in rural employment. There hasn’t been.

“In fact, there are slightly fewer people employed in rural counties this August than in August 2011. According to BLS data released late last week, the number of jobs in rural counties has declined by nearly 3,200 in the last year.

“The unemployment rate has dropped in rural America because the workforce — total number of people working or looking for work — has declined by nearly 228,000 people.”