1. NOFA VT Policy Update: Episode 1


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    A monthly conversation with NOFA-VT Policy Advisor Dave Rogers. Join Dave as he discusses current issues that affect producers and consumers of agricultural products in Vermont and across the country. This month, Dave explains the status of the Farm Bill, its potential impact on organic and conventional farmers, and some of the things that make it so contentious. Interview by Gregg Stevens.

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    • Greg Kaufmann on the Truth About American Poverty


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      Greg Kaufmann, poverty correspondent for The Nation, says the poor in America are stereotyped and demonized in an effort to justify huge cuts in food stamps and other crucial programs for low-income Americans. “People are working and they're not getting paid enough to feed their families, pay their utilities, pay for their housing, pay for the healthcare… if you're not paying people enough to pay for the basics, they're going to need help getting food,” Kaufmann tells Bill. “There are a lot of corporations that want to be involved in the fight against hunger. The best thing they can do is get on board for fair wages.”

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      • What To Expect When You are Expecting a Farm Bill


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        Federal farm policy experts from American Farmland Trust discuss topics about the farm bill, including: • Challenges to conservation programs in the next farm bill and directions for the future; • Proposed changes in conservation compliance that modernize the safety net, but do not place limits on crop insurance assistance; • Opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of programs that help protect farm and ranch land; and • Efforts that may help strengthen regional food systems.

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        • U.S. Senator William 'Mo' Cowan visits farms in Whately, Massachusetts


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          Interim U.S. Sen. William "Mo" Cowan, D-Massachusetts, spent a few hours on Feb. 22, 2013 touring farms in Western Massachusetts ahead of an anticipated showdown in the U.S. Senate over a comprehensive farm bill. Cowan is the first Massachusetts senator since 1879 to sit on the agriculture committee in the U.S. Senate.

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          • 3.4.13 - The Farm Bill


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            Guest: Jim Harkness President, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy A comprehensive Farm Bill is currently caught in the slow-moving meat grinder of the United States Congress. IATP president Jim Harkness wonders if this might be the end of the massive federal legislation. Is that necessarily a bad thing? What do farmers and consumers stand to lose or gain without a Farm Bill? What can we learn from television’s Green Acres about this complicated game of political chess?

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            • A New Year


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              WPI Live's first update on market and policy issues in 2013 covers the so-called fiscal cliff, the farm bill, more biotech labeling, and the January WASDE.

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              • A Mainstreet Story


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                • On the Horizon: Can We Move Forward?


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                  Each year farm broadcasters and ag companies come together to discuss agriculture and our nation’s food supply and this year they had plenty to talk about…a record drought and the on-going uncertainty over the lack of a farm bill.

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                  • Post-Election Update


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                    WPI Live offers some post-election market and policy updates, from the so-called fiscal cliff to the latest approved recreational marijuana measures, and more.

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                    • Garrett Dwyer: Veteran Farmer


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                      In 2010, Garrett moved back home to the family ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. A former Marine who served in Iraq, Garrett used the GI Bill to go to school at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and took part in the Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots Program: http://liferaydemo.unl.edu/web/ncta/combatcowboyboots Now he and his parents steward land that’s been in the family since 1894. Since joining the business, Garrett’s been hard at work updating the cow-calf operation with new equipment and facilities. He talks about his path to finding financing and his experiences moving back and starting out in agriculture.

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