The Farm Bill: Obstacle, or Opportunity?
Legislation/Policy Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM AFA Agriculture Fairness Alliance
June 2021

Given the impact and predictability of the farm bill in shaping U.S. federal farm policy, the AFA team is identifying 'opportunities for intervention' ('OFIs') for the next farm bill.  Each OFI expands farm bill benefits to encourage the production of plant-based foods, thereby making them cheaper and more accessible to every American.

Agriculture Improvement Act

The farm bill is an omnibus, multi-year law that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. Titles in the most recent farm bill encompassed farm commodity revenue supports, agricultural conservation, trade, and foreign food assistance, farm credit, research, rural development, forestry, bioenergy, horticulture, and domestic nutrition assistance. Typically renewed about every five or six years, the farm bill provides a predictable opportunity for policymakers to comprehensively and periodically address agricultural and food issues.

Given the impact and predictability of the farm bill in shaping U.S. federal farm policy, the AFA team is identifying opportunities for intervention, or “OFIs” for the next farm bill.

Each OFI expands farm bill benefits to encourage the production of plant-based foods, thereby making them cheaper and more accessible to every American.

The most recent farm bill—the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, P.L. 115-334—was enacted into law in December 2018 and expires in 2023. It succeeded the Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79).

There are two ways to fund farm bill programs: Mandatory and Discretionary

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