Monday, July 17, 2006

Farm bill resources

I'm pleased to pass along the following announcement from the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas:

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Greetings Colleagues,

It is with great pride that the National Agricultural Law Center announces the publication of an ambitious study of past and present Farm Bills entitled, Summary and Evolution of U.S. Farm Bill Commodity Titles, 1985 to 2002, by Brandon Willis, Center Graduate Assistant for the 2005-06 academic year and now Legislative Assistant for Agriculture to Senator Max Baucus, with guidance from Doug O'Brien, Senior Staff Attorney. The study charts the evolution of the primary title of the farm bill since 1985. It also provides links to more detailed explanations of the Commodity Title programs and to the statutory text. This project builds on previous efforts by the Center to create a dynamic source for Farm Bill research and information, particularly Summary and Evolution of U.S. Farm Bill Conservation Titles by Doug O'Brien and the digitalization of formerly electronically unavailable Farm Bills, a cooperative agreement project with USDA's National Agricultural Library.

These resources and many more are available on the Farm Bill page of the Center Web site at

Best regards,
Ann Winfred
Publicity Director/Webmaster


Blogger la Rana said...

That is convenient, but ultimately depressing. Now its easy to see how every 5 years the federal government tries to obfuscate the subsidy! What started as a loan guarantee program has grown into something so complex that the 2002 bill, which saw the introduction of counter-cyclical payments, is nearly indecipherable.

Although few farmers do or could understand it, it is overwhelmingly supported. They get more money, and they don't care where it comes from. The refining lobbies are responsible for the whole farce, of course, because they can pay lower prices to the farmers, who continue to grow more because they receive supplemental income from the federal government.

At some point, and certainly this project is helpful, more people will realize that when the cost of growing a bushel of corn exceeds to price paid for it, we've completely lost our way.

7/18/2006 12:42 PM  

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