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.

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Farm Bill Notes


Enroll in Conservation Reserve Programs by Aug. 23

Farmers and ranchers with expiring contracts with the Conservation Reserve Program, or who are interested in enrolling land in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) should take note of an upcoming deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency has announced the deadline to enroll in either the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentive Program (CRP-TIP) or CCRP is set for Aug. 23, 2019.

Cover crops harvest date moved to Sept. 1 

In a win for both farmers and conservation efforts, this year’s cover crops final harvest date has been shifted to Sept. 1. This new date applies to silage, haylage, and baleage in addition to haying and grazing. 

The announcement comes after members of Congress took action to defend farmers planting cover crops on prevented plant acres.