University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Public Policy Issues

Farm Bill

The 2012 Farm Bill

Farm Safety Net Programs: Issues for the Next Farm Bill

Dennis A Shields, Jim Monke, and Randy Schnepf. Congressional Research Service Publication No. R41317. September 10, 2010.

Roughly every five years, Congress debates and revises omnibus legislation—referred to as the "farm bill"—governing federal farm and food policy.1 Congress is currently reviewing U.S. farm policy before commodity provisions in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246; the 2008 farm bill) expire in 2012. The House Agriculture Committee began a series of hearings in April 2010, and the Senate Agriculture Committee began hearings in late June. A major topic is the so-called "farm safety net".


The 2008 Farm Bill

Acre Program

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (a.k.a. The 2008 Farm Bill) (PowerPoint file)


The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (a.k.a. The 2008 Farm Bill) (Adobe pdf file)


Fact Sheet for The 2008 Farm Bill (Adobe pdf file)


Web Links:

Farm Service Agency (FSA) ACRE website.  Features background information about the ACRE program, fact sheet, PowerPoint files and preliminary state ACRE guarantees. 


ACRE (Average Crop Revenue Election) Farm Program: Provisions, Policy Background and Farm Decision Analysis.  Article in Choices magazine, a publication of the American Agricultural Economics Association, 3rd Quarter 2008.


ACRE Payment Calculators.  From the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University.


2008 Farm Bill Side-by-Side Comparison.  From the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the USDA.


Will Snell, Extension Professor, Phone: (859) 257-7288