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Farm Bill

Farm Bill

The farm bill is a package of legislation that is passed once every five years by Congress. This legislation covers a great number of things that impact rural communities, from conservation to rural development. The most recent farm bill was the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This was enacted into law in Dec 2018 and will expire in 2023. 

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

The Center for Rural Affairs continues to work with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor implementation of the 2018 farm bill and look towards changes needed in the 2023 farm bill. For more farm bill updates, sign up for our newsletter here.

Do you have questions about farm programs or the farm bill?

Do you have questions about how the farm bill can help you? Call or email us today. We want to help you access conservation programs and beginning farmer and rancher supports.

By phone (a.k.a The Helpline): Call 402.687.2100 and ask for the Farm Bill Helpline.

Programs in the farm bill include: 

  • Conservation Stewardship Program
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Federal crop insurance
  • USDA programs for beginning, socially disadvantaged, or veteran farmers

Why we do this

The Center for Rural Affairs has a long history of helping family farmers and ranchers access farm bill programs. We want to make sure the farmers, ranchers and rural communities we fight for have access to farm bill programs and understand how they work.

We also appreciate talking with farmers and ranchers who have participated in farm bill programs, as your experiences are an important part of understanding how USDA is implementing these programs and how they are working for you. When you call and share your experience with us, it helps us know what changes to advocate for with USDA or Congress.