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.
In previous years, NASDA has put forward a number of proposals to Congress as it considers reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
In 2007, NASDA’s recommendations encompassed 209 specific recommendations in nine general policy areas and offered a broad, opportunity-based agricultural policy focusing on expanding and improving the safety net for farmers and ranchers. NASDA's recommendations also outlined bold, new ideas to address environmental and food safety challenges. For the first time, NASDA's recommendations emphasized development of renewable energy resources, nutrition initiatives, and an expanded invasive species program.