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.

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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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We talk Farm Bill, crop insurance and more on Totally Rural Podcast

Totally Rural is a brand new podcast dedicated to increasing awareness and expanding the discussion of rural issues. The Center for Rural Affairs had the honor of appearing on its second podcast, talking about our organization, the 2018 Farm Bill, beginning farmers and more.

Brian Depew, executive director, and Anna Johnson, policy program associate, chatted with host Daisy Dyer Duerr, a former secondary school principal.

Report examines federal conservation program

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released “Pathways to Land Access,” a report by Anna Johnson with support from Glen Ready. The paper is a study of the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA). 

In “Pathways to Land Access,” the authors investigate implementation of CRP-TIP in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The program was created by the 2008 Farm Bill.