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Industry analysts say the institutional share of US farmland ownership is rising quickly. Photo: Bigstock

Half of US farmland being eyed by private equity

by Carey L Biron Inter Press Service February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 2014 (IPS) - An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire, even as new evidence indicates this land is being strongly pursued by private equity investors....

Minimum-wage hike would reduce poverty, but might cost 500,000 jobs, Congressional Budget Ofice reports

by Zachary A Goldfarb Washington Post February 18, 2014

President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million low-wage Americans but cost the nation about 500,000 jobs, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday....

Crossing borders and changing lives, lured by higher state minimum wages

by Kirk Johnson New York Times February 15, 2014

ONTARIO, Ore. — Carly Lynch dreams of a life one day on the professional rodeo circuit, but for now she commutes 20 miles from Idaho to this small city in eastern Oregon to work as a waitress. There are restaurant jobs closer to home, but she is willing to drive the extra miles for a simple reason...

State park rangers burned weeds on the exposed lake bed of the Rye Patch Reservoir in Nevada, which was at 3.5 percent capacity amid a drought that has caused the worst water shortage the region has faced in more than a century.

Obama to propose $1 billion to prepare for climate change in US

by Zachary A Goldfarb and Lenny Bernstein Washington Post February 14, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. — President Obama said here Friday that he will propose a $1 billion fund in his fiscal 2015 budget to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change and to fund research and technology to protect against its impact....

IMF director cites dangerous increase in inequality in many countries including India and US

by PTI India Times February 4, 2014

Citing countries like the US and India, the two largest democratic countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said that income inequality is increasing dangerously globally."In India, the net worth of the billionaire community increased twelve-fold in 15...

Farm bill on verge of passage after a long three years of haggling in Congress

by Ed O’Keefe and Kimberly Kindy Washington Post February 4, 2014

Congress is on the verge of dramatically overhauling federal farm and nutrition policies affecting a broad range of issues, from how food is packaged and sold to how the government helps poor people pay for their groceries....

Severe drought has western US fearing worst

by Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett New York Times February 1, 2014

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Obesity found to gain its hold in earliest years

by Gina Kolata New York Times January 29, 2014

For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese remained that way....

The 2014 farm bill nutrition title includes bipartisan improvements to SNAP while excluding harsh House provisions

by Ed Bolen, Dorothy Rosenbaum, and Stacy Dean Center on Budget and Policy Priorities January 28, 2014

The nutrition title of the farm bill that House and Senate negotiators unveiled last week represents a solid outcome after a difficult two-year congressional effort. While it unfortunately doesn’t make progress in addressing hunger and poverty by investing new resources in SNAP (or by reinvestin...

Obama to raise minimum wage for government contract workers

by Zachary A Goldfarb Washington Post January 27, 2014

President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document....