Category: Economy

Food Stamps Cuts Could Hit Rural America Hardest

As the farm bill, and with it the fate of some of our most critical federal assistance programs, continues to play out over the course of the next year, we’ll continue to highlight data that sheds light on the reality of food access and SNAP use in rural America and beyond—and how elected officials can use this information to make policy decisions that protect us all. Stay tuned.

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The Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Change Our Food System for the Better

From farm to fork, our food system should be something we are proud of, one that supports farmers, makes healthy food available for everyone, and protects the environment we all depend upon. The Farm Bill may sound like something only a policy wonk would care about. But with $956 billion in investments, it affects all parts of our food system and touches all of our lives, every day.

Who farmers are, what they grow, how they grow it, who can afford it—the Farm Bill shapes the answers to these questions and more, with huge implications for our health, our economy, social justice, and the environment.

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Strengthening SNAP for Rural and Urban America (2017)

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has long played a critical role in reducing food insecurity and alleviating poverty in America. SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger and a critical source of support for more than 21 million American households. The reauthorization process now underway raises threats to the structure and function of SNAP. Given the broad reach and the demonstrated effectiveness of the program, providing adequate SNAP funding to increase the purchasing power of low income individuals and families is a strategic long-term investment in our nation’s economic security and long-term health.

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One thing Democrats and Republicans apparently agree on: Destabilizing the banking sector again

The list of problems with the legislation goes on. It rips consumer protections away from mortgage borrowers. It exempts 85% of banks and credit unions from supplying data used to detect discriminatory lending practices. There are a few crumbs for consumers, but nothing that justifies the widespread weakening of financial rules. Banks, including the community banks that allegedly need relief, are enjoying record profits. And the Trump administration doesn’t need any help deregulating the financial sector; they’re busily doing that on their own.

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April
  • 19

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    04/19/2018
    Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712, USA

    Community Compost Raising

    You have heard of a barn raising.
    Join us for a community drop-off
    compost raising!

    When: April 19th at 6 pm

    Where: Coffee Carts
    1061 Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC

    Hosted by: Moving to Conservers

    All are welcome! Please join us!

    We will be constructing a community
    compost drop-off site at Coffee Carts
    and celebrate with a community potluck!
    Bring a dish to share and your own
    non-disposable place setting. This is
    a zero-waste event.

    For more information email jbwkjc@gmail.com

  • 28

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    04/28/2018

    The annual spring plant sale by the Transylvania Master Gardeners, The Transylvania Garden Club, The French Broad Garden Club and the Heritage Museum will be held Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Brevard Ingles parking lot on Asheville Highway. This will be the second year in this location and it allows very easy access and plenty of parking for customers.

    The annual plant sale raises funds to support gardening and landscape projects throughout Transylvania Count including the Master Gardeners projects including those at Silvermont and the Pisgah Ranger Station and scholarships provided by the garden clubs.

    Come early for the best selection from a large variety of high quality, locally raised perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Local gardeners also will be on hand to offer advice.

    The plant sale takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.

    For more information, contact the Transylvania County Extension office, (828) 884-3109 or mmickew@ncsu.edu.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.5447
    Music Modernization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.3144
    To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.4009
    Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.839
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3144) to provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes; […]
  • H.R.256
    Protect Our Military Families' 2nd Amendment Rights Act (04/25/2018 legislative day)

RSS US Senate Activity Excerpt

  • PN1761
    Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State, vice Rex W. Tillerson. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.429
    A resolution commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as "Tibetan Rights Day", and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community. (04/25/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.401
    A resolution designating May 5, 2018 as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls". (04/25/2018 legislative day)

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