Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Farm Bill Resources Page

On February 4, the Senate passed a compromise House-Senate Conference Committee farm bill on a 68-32 roll call vote. Forty-six Democrats, 20 Republicans and two independents voted for the final bill. The House had previously (January 29) passed the bill, on a 251-166 roll call vote. The measure was then sent on to the President and signed into law on February 7.

The farm-nutrition legislation will cost $956 billion to implement over 10 years, based on a January 28, Congressional Budget Office report. According to the Conference Committee's analysis, the bill cuts $2.3 billion a year overall from current spending levels, including $400 million in annual food stamp (or "SNAP" benefit) cuts, and an elimination of direct payments to farmers: direct subsidy payments made regardless of whether they had a successful or bad crop year.

From a conservation perspective, the legislation restores a previous farm bill provision that links receipt of crop insurance premium subsidies by farmers to requirements for conserving highly erodible land and wetlands. The bill also includes a regional "sodsaver" provision that will affect the Prairie Pothole Region states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. That provision would eliminate crop insurance premium subsidies for farmers who convert native grasslands into crop production.  That part of the bill is not national in scope; a requirement that many conservation groups were backing.

Below are links to resources you may find useful regarding the 2014 farm bill.

General Resources
House-Senate Conference Committee
  • H.R.2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Conference committee consensus farm bill)
  • Congressional Budget Office final scoring of the farm bill on H.R. 2642:
U.S. Senate
U.S. House


  1. Most items such as SNAP should be in its own separate bill to better control fraud and would eliminate the petty legislative bickering. Federal Level elected legislators are suppose to look out for the best interest of our Country not cater to their campaign donor lobbyists turning legislation into garbage.

    The Farm Bill would be a great place to start separating everything out. If something cannot stand alone in its own separate bill with very valid reason for taxpayer money to be spent, then it needs to be considered garbage and properly disposed. This would help eliminate redundant and similar programs budgeted for under different government agencies.

    The dairy issue is a prime example of why commodity bills also need to be addressed. Legislators need to fix the base problem with dairy … not slap a band aid on the problem via the Farm Bill. Legislators have made big messes and they need to start cleaning them up vs. adding more to the problem.