Farm Bill

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill, was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018.

The Center for Rural Affairs was glad to see many of the changes in the final bill to strengthen conservation and supports for rural communities, but it left a great deal to be desired on structural changes to agricultural policy and funding for particular programs.

You can read our statement on the bill here, and review our original policy platform for the bill here.

We’ll continue working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor implementation of the 2018 farm bill. Scroll down for our most recent work on farm bill programs and implementation. For more updates, you can sign up for our newsletter here.

If you have thoughts to share with us, you can reach us at annaj@cfra.org and coraf@cfra.org.

Farm bill program signup dates

The Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program until May 10. Read more about how you can apply for it before the deadline here.

Farm Bill Notes

 

A farmer's view: a look at the Conservation Stewardship Program

This report examines the efficacy of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. These states were selected based on their high rates of CSP contracts and acres enrolled in the program, as well as their role as agriculture-centric states. Through surveying participants in these regions, we acquired valuable data from farmers and ranchers regarding their enrollment and satisfaction with the program.

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Congress: protect farm bill conservation program mandatory funding

The undersigned organizations urge you to protect farm bill conservation program mandatory funding as you consider agriculture appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2020. We further request that you provide robust discretionary funding and support for NRCS field staff, as technical assistance is essential for the delivery of conservation support for farmers and ranchers across the country.