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The U.S. Farm Bill: Overview, and Program Participation and Importance in Wyoming cover

The U.S. Farm Bill: Overview, and Program Participation and Importance in Wyoming

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Publication #: B-1261
Date Published: 02/17/2015

Publication Author(s):
Nicole S. Ballenger

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The U.S. Farm Bill: Overview, and Program Participation and Importance in Wyoming (B-1261) describes the origins of America’s most important farm and food programs, explains how these programs affect agricultural producers and food consumers, and highlights the most important policy changes in the 2014 farm bill.   The 12 titles of the 350-page Agricultural Act of 2014 encompass price and revenue safety nets for growers, conservation of cropland, food assistance for low-income households, rural development programs, support for research and extension at land grant colleges of agriculture, and more.  The report also explores the role of the farm bill programs in Wyoming, including rates of participation in food assistance and nutrition, farm support, and conservation programs, and compares them with national average participation rates.  One key finding is that Wyoming’s shares of USDA conservation and disaster assistance payments are larger than its shares of USDA commodity and farm income support payments.  Therefore, Wyoming may have a particular interest in the future of farm bill programs that support farm and ranch land preservation, conservation practices on working lands, and livestock disaster assistance programs.  Given Wyoming’s very rural nature, farm bill programs that support rural and community development may also be of special interest to the state.       


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