States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif. Antonio Mena/Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank hide caption

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States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

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The farm bill proposes a $1 billion cut to food stamps, which would affect nearly 850,000 struggling families who already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif. Antonio Mena/Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank hide caption

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

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The new farm bill includes provisions to help livestock producers hit by natural disasters and extreme weather. Here, cattle stay warm in a barn in Illinois during this month's cold weather. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Sticker shock in the dairy aisle? If the government fails to pass the farm bill, milk prices could spike sometime after the first of the year. George Frey/Landov hide caption

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Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

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Gracie Shannon-Sanborn, 5, holds a sign as she joins her father Allen Sanborn (L) and members of Progressive Democrats of America at a rally in front of Rep. Henry Waxman's office on June 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. The protestors asked the congressman to vote against a House farm bill, which was defeated Thursday. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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An Illinois corn and soybean farmer walks to his tractor while cultivating his field. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

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Peanut plants grow on a Halifax, N.C., farm that received federal subsidies in 2011. Robert Willett/MCT /Landov hide caption

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Farm Bill Critics Claim Partial Victory Despite Stalemate

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Dairy farmer Bob Andrews feeds heifers in the same barn his grandfather used. He says today "the harder you work, the further you get behind." David Sommerstein/NCPR hide caption

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Milk Producers Peer Over The Dairy Cliff

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Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., talk to reporters about the farm bill at the U.S. Capitol in June. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

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Egg producers and the Humane Society agree on a bill to require larger chicken cages, but the pork and beef industries fear they're next and are fighting it. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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A dairy cow peeks out of its stall at Case van Steyn's dairy in Galt, Calif. Kathleen Masterson/NPR hide caption

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California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill

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The public really doesn't know much about what food stamp recipients are buying, and how much companies are profiting. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Farmers Split Over Subsidies As Senate Farm Bill Debate Begins

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The Know Your Farmer interactive map shows USDA-supported projects and programs related to local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2011. USDA hide caption

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