Farm Bill

In December 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), U.S. Public Law 115-334, became law and will remain in force through 2023. The Farm Bill makes few significant changes in agricultural and food policy. Nutrition policy, notably the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will continue with minor modifications. Crop insurance options and agricultural commodity programs will exist much as under the 2014 Farm Bill. All major conservation programs are maintained, although some are modified significantly. Expanded programs include trade, research and extension, energy, specialty crops, organic agriculture, local and regional foods, and beginning/socially disadvantaged/veteran farmers and ranchers.

Additional 2018 Farm Bill Resources
2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison
Congressional Research Service.  

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018: Highlights and Implications
USDA. Economic Research Service.

Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2
United States Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry.

Farm Bill Implementation Progress
U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers' Guide to 2018 USDA Farm Bill Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Historical Farm Bill Resources 
United States Farm Bills 1935 to 2018
National Agricultural Law Center.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
National Agricultural Law Center.