A Closer Look at Farm Bills


Arturo Burns (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: POL006000

Congress has been active in establishing federal policy for the agricultural sector on an ongoing basis since the 1930s. Over the years, as economic conditions and technology have evolved, Congress has regularly revisited agricultural policy through periodic farm legislation. Across these decades, the breadth of policy areas addressed through such farm bills has expanded beyond providing support for a limited number of agricultural commodities to include establishing programs and policies that address a broad spectrum of related areas, such as agricultural conservation, credit, rural development, domestic nutrition assistance, trade and international food aid, organic agriculture, forestry, and support for beginning and veteran farmers and ranchers, among others. On June 21, 2018, the House voted to approve H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, an omnibus farm bill that would establish farm and food policy for the next five years. The Senate passed its version of H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, on June 28, 2018.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Farm Bills: Major Legislative Actions, 1965-2018
Jim Monke

Chapter 2. The House and Senate 2018 Farm Bills (H.R. 2): A Side-by-Side Comparison with Current Law
Mark A. McMinimy


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