Farm Bill

While it has some good provisions, the Center for Rural Affairs opposed the final Farm Bill in 2014 and we are currently working on improving the 2018 Farm Bill.

We are interested in hearing from you about conservation, crop insurance, beginning farmer policy, rural economic development and local food systems.  Please take our short survey to provide your valued insights.

The 2014 bill was negotiated behind closed doors. It stripped out bipartisan reforms both the House and Senate had passed earlier. 

The bill turned aside real reform passed in both House and Senate to essentially create a commodity program that will provide unlimited payments to mega-farms, no matter how large they get, as long as payments flow to family members.

It also failed to make any headway on limiting crop insurance premium subsidies. This Farm Bill will continue to provide virtually unlimited farm program payments and crop insurance premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms, placing small and midsized and beginning farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

Click here to see our full review of why the 2014 Farm Bill lacks true reform.
Click here to see our original proposals for the 2014 farm bill.

Farm Bill Notes


Practical Guide to Common Sandhills Conservation Practices

This guide is a simple tool for landowners in the Sandhills region of Nebraska. It provides information on the most common conservation practices used by landowners in Nebraska’s Sandhills; the general benefits of such practices for landowners, grassland birds and other species; as well as some funding sources for such practices.

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Want to have an impact on the livestock industry? There's still time to raise your voice

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published three long-awaited rules in December that would level the playing field for poultry and livestock producers. Officials will accept comments until March 24.

If you care about economic opportunity in rural America and if you care about our poultry and livestock producers, now is the time to raise your voice and submit a comment. This is a chance not to be missed.

Proposed rules

We described the provisions of the three rules previously on our blog.

USDA comment period extended for three Farmer Fair Practice Rules

There is still time to comment on three “Farmer Fair Practice Rules” introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December. The comment period has been extended to March 24.

The interim and proposed rules level the playing field and would create much needed protections for poultry and livestock producers. Provisions include:

Allowing producers to protect their rights without having to prove that a processor’s actions hurt the entire livestock industry.