U.S. Argricultural Policy and the Farm Bill - Resources
This is brief resource list which grows out of the April 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days
The 2013 Farm BillHistorically, the Farm Bill has been renewed about every five years since 1933. The 2008 Farm Bill, which expired Sept. 30, 2012, was extended in part for one year, by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) enacted on Janary 2, 2013. The Farm Bill covers a wide range of farm and agriculture policies, including SNAP (food stamps), international food assistance, farm subisidies for commodities (such as corn, wheat, soy beans, cotton, and sugar), supportive services for new farmers and community farm markets, and conservation. The following resources provide more details about the Farm Bill and current issues.
Resources on the 2013 Farm Bill from a Faith PerspectiveEcumenical Advocacy Days - April 5-8, 2013
Other Farm Bill ResourcesNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) have many documents which relate to the Farm Bill, including: National Agricultural Law Center
Pennsylvania Farm Information
AgribusinessAgribusiness Giants Dominate Grain Trade*
The same three grain giants -- Cargill-Continental Grain, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Zen Noh (a Japanese company) -- control 81% of the corn exports and 65% of the soybean exports. ADM and Cargill are also among the top four in terminal grain handling, flour milling, soybean crushing and ethanol production.
Food & Nutrition: Pennsylvania Resources
Other faith-based resources on Agricultural Policy