Farm Bill: Implementation, Education, and Analysis

On June 18, 2008, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 became law. This legislation, better known as the Farm Bill, reauthorizes federal farm, forestry, energy and nutrition programs. The following resources provide information, analysis, programs, and further links for additional information on the new programs and policies.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008: Summary and Possible Consequences - Wes Harris, Brad Lubben, James Novak, and Larry Sanders

 


 

In early 2013, Congress passed and the President signed a 1-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. This extension reauthorized existing farm programs for another year through September 2013.

While the debate will begin again on a new farm bill, producers are making decisions for 2013 on how to manage and enroll in current programs. This includes a new decision for all producers on whether to sign up for ACRE or DCP for the 2013 crop year.

The following resources provide information, analysis, programs, and further links for additional information on farm bill programs and policies.

Farm Bill Webinar - View a recording of the Monday, April 29 farm bill webinar

Revisiting ACRE for 2012 and 2013 – analysis and discussion of farm income support programs, expected payments for 2012, and potential support for 2013 - Brad Lubben

Nebraska ACRE Model User Guide – UNL spreadsheet and user guide to analyze the ACRE v. DCP enrollment decision – Tim Lemmons

Farm Programs and Decisions for 2013 and Beyond – presentation analyzing farm programs and farm policy outlook – Brad Lubben

 

Disaster Assistance Coming Quickly Under The New Farm Bill

With the new farm bill now in place, rulemaking and program implementation is expected to follow over the next several months. The first new programs out the door to help producers will be the disasater assistance programs. These programs have a long history in ad hoc emergency legislation and were eventually authorized as standing programs in the 2008 Farm Bill, but with an expiration...
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Farm Bill Overview

The 2014 Farm Bill, officially known as the "Agricultural Act of 2014" was signed by the President on February 7, 2014. While rulemaking and program implementation will stretch out over the next several months, a quick overview of the legislation can provide some valuable insight. A recent article in the Cornhusker Economics newsletter of February 26 provides a general overview with some...
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A New Farm Bill

After voting to end debate on Monday evening, the Senate voted today to approve the farm bill, following the lead of the House last Wednesday. Expecting President Obama's signature yet this week, the bill will finally become law and we will move quickly to questions of program details and implementation. There will be several posts of details and analysis as we go, but expect the...
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Farm Bill Here at Last (Maybe)

After several years of debate and development, a new farm bill seems to have finally reached the finish line. At least, the final compromise legislation has been reported out of the conference committee today, Monday, January 27 and appears ready for a floor vote in the House as soon as Wednesday, January 29. The final legislation represents a compromise achieved among the four principal...
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