AG POLICY NEWS
Washington Insider -- Friday
Fri Apr 25, 2014 06:44 AM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

USDA to Increase Monitoring of SNAP for Debit Card Fraud

Responding to some of the criticism it received during the farm bill debate, USDA yesterday announced that it will take additional steps to assure that benefits provided under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) are not converted to cash, in contravention of federal law.

Under SNAP, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service issues debit cards to eligible recipients that are then used to purchase food. The department says that ...

Quick View
  • Dealing with Diplodia After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urgin...
  • Year-Round Cow Kelly Smith believes fetal programming through good nutrition for dams yields better steers and h...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Cash Will Be King Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their ...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
  • Ranch Hands Two families take different approaches to building income from trail rides, roundups and real-lif...
  • Ask the Vet Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
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