The U.S. economy beat expectations last month - adding 163 thousand new jobs in July. That's welcome news for Americans still looking for work. But the numbers don't tell the whole story. Despite better than expected job growth, the U.S. unemployment rate inched higher in July. It's now 8.3 percent - up one tenth of one percent from the previous month. Mil Arcega has more.
Legislation commonly known as the US Farm Bill expires at the end of September. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, its formal name., comes up for renewal every five years, It directs the US government's food and agricultural policy. As VOA's Kane Ferabaugh reports from Illinois, changes to the Farm Bill this year come at a time when producers may need it most.