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80 percent of the bill has nothing to do with farms

What’s in the farm bill?

The short answer is: a lot. Here’s a partial list:

  • Price supports and/or crop insurance for commodity crops
  • Conservation programs that affect land, water and soil use
  • Agricultural exports and food aid, including humanitarian assistance to other nations
  • Food assistance programs for poor Americans
  • Direct and guaranteed loans to farmers and ranchers
  • Forestry programs managed by the U.S. Forest Service
  • Programs promoting renewable fuels such as ethanol
  • Crop insurance and disaster assistance