Farm Bureau Farm Bill Resources
American Farm Bureau Federation Public Policy staff members have prepared and compiled the materials on this website to help farmers, landowners, and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill. The material includes a series of video presentations on the key commodity program and crop insurance provisions of the Farm Bill. These videos include:
New Farm Program Dates Announced
The Agriculture Department has formally announced dates associated with new farm programs authorized by the 2014 farm bill that are important for farm owners and farmers to know. Announced dates include: Sept. 29, 2014, to Feb. 27, 2015, landowners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres; Nov. 17, 2014, to March 31, 2015, farmers make a one-time election of either Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage for the 2014 through 2018 crop years; mid-April 2015 through summer 2015, farmers sign contracts for the 2014 and 2015 crop years; and in October 2015, payments for the 2014 crop year will be made, if needed.
USDA helped create online tools to assist in the decision process, allowing farm owners and farmers to enter information and see projections that show what ARC and/or PLC will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are now available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.
USDA provided $3 million to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M (co-leads for the National Association of Agricultural and Food Policy), along with the University of Illinois (lead for the National Coalition for Producer Education) to develop the online tools.