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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Insure commodities you have not insured before

Farmers and ranchers, have you heard of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP)?

WFRP is a crop insurance plan that allows a farmer or rancher to insure the revenue for their operation in its entirety. The program is available in all counties nationwide. You can utilize WFRP as your sole source of crop insurance or with other federal crop insurance policies.

Help rural American farmers and ranchers by finalizing USDA rules

Farmers and ranchers have waited years for USDA to institute basic fairness protections in the contract poultry and livestock industry.

USDA seemed to be making progress last year, when it began accepting comments on three rules. The Center for Rural Affairs submitted comments to the Federal Register supporting all three rules and posted them to our website.