Thursday, March 3, 2011

Farm Bill Resources

The “Farm Bill” is a compilation of many different Acts that have been passed by the United States Congress to enhance agricultural productivity and conservation on private lands.  It has its beginnings in the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 and its most recent iteration is the 2008 Food, Conservation and Energy Act.  That law, enacted in June 2008, governs the bulk of Federal agriculture and related programs, and is slated to be reauthorized in 2012. 

As congressional hearings and discussions on and off Capitol Hill regarding that next (2012) Farm Bill increase, there is a growing conviction in Washington among a variety of interest groups, including members of the Congress, that the next Farm Bill could very likely be fundamentally different than its predecessors.  As a resource for those following the Farm Bill debate and discussions, here are some resources available online (all in pdf file format; through the highlighted Internet links) that provide an overview of the current (2008) and past Farm Bills, as well as perspectives leading into 2012 Farm Bill discussions.

2012 Farm Bill

2008 Farm Bill

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