The 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79): Summary and Side-by-Side

Congress completed action on a new omnibus farm bill when conferees reported a conference agreement on January 27, 2014 (the Agricultural Act of 2014, H.R. 2642/H.Rept. 113-333); the full House and Senate approved the conference agreement on January 29 and February 4, respectively. The President signed the measure into law on February 7 (P.L. 113-79).

U.S. House Bill 1727 – The Beginning Farmer Opportunity Act (2013)

The Beginning Farmer Opportunity Act is designed to improve existing USDA programs and assist beginning farmers with training and access to loan programs. The bill includes a microloan program to assist beginning farmers with startup costs. An existing down payment loan program would receive continued funding and the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) would … Continued

U.S. House Bill 1947 (2013)

Every five years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation, commonly called the “Farm Bill” that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, and expired in 2012. A partial extension was passed on January 1 to extend several expired Farm Bill programs.

U.S. Senate Bill 954 (2013)

Every five years, Congress passes a bundle of legislation, commonly called the “Farm Bill” that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008, and expired in 2012. A partial extension was passed on January 1 to extend several expired Farm Bill programs.

Beginning Farmers and Farmers at a Glance: 2013 Edition

USDA programs have targeted assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers since the 1992 Agricultural Credit Improvement Act. Farms or ranches are considered “beginning” if the operators have managed them for 10 years or less. The Economic Research Service has looked at the trend in numbers of beginning farmers and ranchers in recent decades and examined … Continued

Virginia House Bill 1430 (2013)

This bill expands the definition of agricultural operations to include the commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales as well as commerce in other related items. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that an agricultural operation is in compliance with local zoning ordinances when it operates on property that is zoned agricultural.

2013 Clean Ohio Fund Stakeholders Letter

  A letter from a coalition urging Ohio Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder to support an appropriation of $52 million in conservation bonds outstanding from the 2008 ballot initiative as part of the FY2014-2015 biennial operating budget. 

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