The farm bill is the primary legislative vehicle for assisting farmers. Every five years, Congress deals with the renewal and revision of this comprehensive legislation covering everything from traditional farm programs to nutrition, energy and conservation. Since 1933, farm bills have included sections ("titles") on commodity programs, trade, rural development, farm credit, conservation, agricultural research, food and nutrition programs, marketing, etc.
With a new administration in the White House and a different make-up to Congress, there will no doubt be different thoughts and ideas generated regarding traditional and potential new concepts within the farm bill. With heightened interest in carbon sequestration and climate change, some are suggesting those be incorporated into the conservation title. There is desire for broader coverage for specialty crops. The livestock and dairy industries want changes to price discovery, market manipulation and processing. Farm Bureau members can help shape the next farm bill through our policy development process.
Contact: John Kran | (517) 679-5336
AFBF Policy #237 National Conservation and Environmental Policy
AFBF Policy #238 National Dairy Program
AFBF Policy #239 National Farm Policy