Food stamps http://wkms.org en Chart: Since Recession Food Stamp Usage Continues to Increase http://wkms.org/post/chart-recession-food-stamp-usage-continues-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new analysis from a rural non-profit shows western </span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> using food stamps has continued to increase, but the region is faring better than the state as a whole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An analysis of USDA data from the rural non-profit The Daily Yonder shows more than 17 percent of people in our region relied on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps, in 2011. That number for the state as a whole that year: more than 19 percent.</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 40618 at http://wkms.org Chart: Since Recession Food Stamp Usage Continues to Increase Comer Doubts Farm Bill Compromise Will happen This Session http://wkms.org/post/comer-doubts-farm-bill-compromise-will-happen-session <p class="p1">The four subcommittee leaders charged with finding a compromise on the federal Farm Bill are scheduled to meet tomorrow, just ten days before a Dec. 13 deadline to reach a compromise.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:37:28 +0000 John Paul Henry 37051 at http://wkms.org Comer Doubts Farm Bill Compromise Will happen This Session The Local Impact of the Food Stamp Debate http://wkms.org/post/local-impact-food-stamp-debate <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Just as the federal government came to a grinding halt, a bill responsible for feeding millions of Americans quietly expired. It is this Farm Bill, which contains funding for food stamps, known as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).</p><p class="p1">36 year-old and Paducah resident Aleatha Moore is one of those Americans.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:28:34 +0000 John Paul Henry 36075 at http://wkms.org The Local Impact of the Food Stamp Debate Kentuckians to See Food Stamp Reduction http://wkms.org/post/kentuckians-see-food-stamp-reduction <p>Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp; The change comes as federal recovery dollars dry up. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:12:36 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 36037 at http://wkms.org Kentuckians to See Food Stamp Reduction Farm Bill Uncertainty Could Affect Food/Dairy Prices http://wkms.org/post/farm-bill-uncertainty-could-affect-fooddairy-prices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the U.S. government reopened and a budget crisis averted for now, Congress has shifted it's attention towards the Farm Bill.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The multi-year legislation governs agriculture programs and ranges from regulating food prices and rural development to conservation and nutrition assistance. The bill has caused contention among members over spending cuts, and the past shutdown has only slowed discussion.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Farm Bureau Director of National Affairs Joe Cain said if Congress doesn’t reauthorize crop insurance provisions by the&nbsp;January </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deadline, it would cause uncertainty for farming lenders and could result in a rise in food prices.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:45:52 +0000 Rob Canning 35901 at http://wkms.org Farm Bill Uncertainty Could Affect Food/Dairy Prices Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program http://wkms.org/post/congress-debates-legislative-cuts-food-stamps-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky agency that oversees the federal nutrition program, formally known as food stamps, is critical of a piece of Congressional legislation to cut billions of dollars from the program.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In western Kentucky, more than 42,000 households in the </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;congressional district receive financial assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Community Health Services Assistant Communication Director </span>Gwenda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bond said any SNAP benefit&nbsp;reduction&nbsp;will hurt those using assistance to help meet their nutrition needs.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:22:54 +0000 Rob Canning 35181 at http://wkms.org Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program