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35 Pct of Puerto Ricans rely on food stamps

San Juan, Mar 10 (EFE).- Thirty-five percent of the population in Puerto Rico receives food stamps, an abnormally large proportion due in part to a 31 percent increase in the number of Puerto Ricans over 60 who qualify for benefits. Seniors account for 264,000 of the 1.3 million people on the island receiving help under the Puerto Rican equivalent of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

USDA adds foods such as yogurt, whole-grain pastas to women, infants and children food program

WASHINGTON - Pregnant women, mothers and children who get federal assistance with their grocery bills will now be able to buy more whole-grain foods, yogurt, fish, fruits and vegetables. The changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, will go into place by next year.

U.S. expands healthy food assistance to women, infants and children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

California meat plant linked to school lunch program and shut by federal officials reopens

HANFORD, Calif. - A Northern California meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened. Officials at Central Valley Meat Co., a supplier for the National School Lunch Program, said in a statement Wednesday that they took immediate action to fix the cleanliness problems. Neither the company nor federal officials discussed the problems in detail.

Farm income to drop slightly this year, but still robust, says government

OTTAWA - Agriculture Canada predicts that farm income will drop slightly this year, while remaining at historically high levels. The department forecasts that aggregate net cash income will slip five per cent this year to $12.6 billion, but will still be 23 per cent above the average for the period of 2008-2012. It says farm-level average net operating income will similarly decline by five per cent to $65,243. Crop receipts are forecast to total $29.1 billion in 2014, three per cent below the projection for 2013, but 17 per cent higher than the 2008-2012 average.

Farm income to drop slightly this year, but still robust, says government

OTTAWA - Agriculture Canada predicts that farm income will drop slightly this year, while remaining at historically high levels. The department forecasts that aggregate net cash income will slip five per cent this year to $12.6 billion, but will still be 23 per cent above the average for the period of 2008-2012. It says farm-level average net operating income will similarly decline by five per cent to $65,243. Crop receipts are forecast to total $29.1 billion in 2014, three per cent below the projection for 2013, but 17 per cent higher than the 2008-2012 average.

Saskatchewan to spend less on crop insurance in 2014 due to lower crop prices

YORKTON, Sask. - The Saskatchewan government will spend $165.5 million on its crop insurance program in the coming fiscal year. That is down from $198 million this year, due in part to lower forecasted crop prices. The program in 2014 will include some changes, including a bee mortality program and yield loss coverage for corn in east central and southeast areas of the province. Durum and barley will also be eligible for yield trending, which improves coverage.

Saskatchewan to spend less on crop insurance in 2014 due to lower crop prices

YORKTON, Sask. - The Saskatchewan government will spend $165.5 million on its crop insurance program in the coming fiscal year. That is down from $198 million this year, due in part to lower forecasted crop prices. The program in 2014 will include some changes, including a bee mortality program and yield loss coverage for corn in east central and southeast areas of the province. Durum and barley will also be eligible for yield trending, which improves coverage.

Obama signs into law wide-ranging farm bill that trims food stamp program

EAST LANSING, Mich. - President Barack Obama has signed into law a farm bill he says will ensure children don't go hungry. The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the legislation. The bulk of its $100 billion per year cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans. Obama says it still protects vulnerable Americans.

Senate sends farm bill to Obama, bill would cut food stamps, maintain farm subsidies

WASHINGTON - The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast. After years of setbacks, the Senate on Tuesday sent the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it. The Senate passed the bill 68-32 after House passage last week.
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