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The Farm Bill

2014 Farm Bill: 'It's like a Swiss Army knife'

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. The new Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.

The new Farm Bill will allow USDA to continue record accomplishments on behalf of the American people, while providing new opportunity and creating jobs across rural America. It will enable USDA to further expand markets for agricultural products at home and abroad, strengthen conservation efforts, create new opportunities for local and regional food systems and grow the biobased economy. It will provide a dependable safety net for America's farmers, ranchers and growers. It will maintain important agricultural research, and ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all Americans.

Join the Conversation:
  • The Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), a Rural Development Agency, will hold a listening session on April 25, 2014 (PDF, 41KB) to discuss how RBS will implement the 2014 Farm Bill changes to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Please RSVP to receive a call in number.
  • Secretary Vilsack asks you to use #MyFarmBill to share your stories on what the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill means to you and your communities.