Farm Bill

Farm Bill Resources

The Farm Bill is comprehensive legislation that Congress passes every five years to set national agricultural policy. The Farm Bill includes commodity, conservation, and crop insurance programs for agricultural producers. In addition, the omnibus legislation includes nutrition, energy, rural development, trade promotion, and a host of other programs.

NASDA's priorities for the Farm Bill are to:

  • Maintain a robust and flexible Specialty Crop Block Grants Program
  • Fully fund & enhance coordination of invasive species programs
  • Invest in locally-drive, flexible and efficient conservation programs
  • Support the Market Access Program (MAP) and other trade development programs
  • Ensure administrative funding for cooperative programs
  • Protect investments in critical research
  • Provide a viable safety net for Dairy Producers
  • 08/16/2016
    APHIS Public Comment on EIS Analyzing Fruit Fly Eradication Programs

    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects of exotic fruit fly eradication programs in the United ...
  • 08/02/2016
    This week, a bipartisan group of over 60 lawmakers, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), sent a letter to USDA asking for emergency financial aid for the dairy industry. Paralleling USDA’s move to help the cotton industry, lawmakers are asking USDA to use authority under the Commodity Credit ...
  • 11/24/2015
    A bipartisan group of 39 Congressional members sent a letter to USDA this week seeking clarification over whether industrial hemp is eligible for federal grant funding. The letter explains that while USDA has the authority to award grants for industrial hemp development, it is unclear whether the ...
  • 11/17/2015
    Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan sent a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack requesting USDA to designate cottonseed as an “other oilseed.” This designation would make cottonseed eligible for Farm Bill risk coverage programs Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss ...
  • 10/06/2015
    Next Tuesday, October 13th, the National Agricultural Law Center (NALC) is hosting a webinar on Industrial Hemp, “Production in the U.S.: Overview, Update & Legal Issues” from 12:00 – 1:00 (EST). The webinar is free of charge and limited to the first 100 registrants. It ...
  • 08/11/2015
    On Friday, USDA announced $63 million for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install or improve renewable energy systems. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), created in the 2008 Farm Bill, issues loans or grants to individuals and companies looking to enhance ...
  • 03/31/2015
    USDA announced a one week extension for farm owners and producers to choose to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline for this decision was originally set for today, March 31st, and ...
  • 03/31/2015
    USDA announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm ...
  • 12/02/2014
    USDA announced nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2013. ELAP was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and provides ...
  • 11/12/2014
    USDA is reminding farmers and producers of the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Selection begins Nov. 17, 2014 and continues through March 31, 2015. USDA helped create online tools to ...
  • 10/28/2014
    Last week, USDA announced implementation of a Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible ...
  • 10/14/2014
    Last week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invited stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007. Detailed submission instructions and an explanation of the ...
  • 08/05/2014
    Congress began its annual August recess at the end of last week, with the House and Senate leaving town without coming to an agreement on annual appropriations measures or a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past the September 30 end of the fiscal year. When Congress returns to ...
  • : 03/28/2014
    Dear Chairman Pryor, Chairman Aderholt, Ranking Member Blunt, and Ranking Member Farr:
    We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to request your support for $10 million in appropriations ...
    : Funding for Section 1433 of the Farm Bill
    : Chairman Mark Pryor, Ranking Member Roy Blunt, Chairman Robert Aderholt, and Ranking Member Sam Farr
    : Agriculture Coalition
    Coalition Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees Requesting FY 2015 Funding for Section 1433 of the Farm Bill Download 164KB, PDF
  • 03/19/2014
    The most recent Farm Bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014, continues and enhances the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) with $20 million per year over the life of the Farm Bill (2014-2018). The purpose of this program is to assist new farmers and ranchers through grants to ...
  • 02/11/2014
    President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Friday during a signing ceremony at Michigan State University. After over two years of legislative activity on the bill, attention now turns to implementation of the legislation, a process that will be led by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta ...
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