Farm Bill History
The National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas maintains a comprehensive collection of information on all aspects of agricultural law, including an extensive historical and contemporary look at Farm Bills
Significance, U.S. Department of State
Get a brief history of federal farm policy.
Farm Bill Debate
America's Second Harvest
"As the cost of food and fuel reaches record highs, lines are growing longer and shelves are growing emptier at food banks and emergency feeding organizations nationwide. Hope for low-income Americans depends on enactment of a strong nutrition title in the Farm Bill, but that critical piece of legislation has been stalled in Congress for months, while millions of Americans have remained stuck in the grip of hunger."
Bountiful Harvest: Farm Lobby Beats Back Assault On Subsidies," THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, March 27, 2008.
The JOURNAL article also includes an interactive graphic illustrating project farm subsidies by state if the current bill is reauthorized.
The CATO Institute: Agriculture
The CATO Institute suggests "Congress should seize the opportunity presented by the drafting of a new farm bill in 2007 to fundamentally reshape U.S. agricultural policy in a more market-friendly direction."
"House Members Join Conservation Groups Against Cutting Farm Bill Conservation," Jason Vance, MID-SOUTH FARMER,April 4, 2008.
"Several members of the House of Representatives joined with the Environmental Working Group and other conservation organizations Thursday to discuss the proposed permanent agricultural disaster assistance program in the Farm Bill. According to the group, funding for this program would eliminate about $1 billion from the conservation title of the bill, a move that is unacceptable to them."
The Farm Bureau
The Farm Bureau is a national advocacy organization for farmers and ranchers.
"Long Time In Germination: The Farm Bill," THE ECONOMIST, March 27th 2008.
"With farm incomes high and commodity prices at record peaks, this season looked ripe for reform. Instead, the House passed a bill that failed to cut subsidies significantly and bought off potential opposition from urban Democrats with spending on a range of social and environmental programmes. Mr Bush has been trying to put his foot down."
Mulch: Farm Bill 2007
The Environmental Working Group's database tracks farm subsidies throughout the nation. It also provides extensive analysis and background information.
"New farm law hinges on antihunger programs," Charles Abbott, THE WASHINGTON POST, April 3, 2008.
The POST reports on the negotiations between lawmakers in both chambers related to a $9.5 billion increase for nutrition funds in the Farm Bill reauthorization.
"Stuck on the Farm," Editorial, THE WASHINGTON POST, March 9, 2008.
"While food prices soar, Congress dithers over agricultural subsidies."
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense is a critic of the current Farm Bill structure: "Outdated and ineffective farm policies waste billions of federal funds and no longer reflect the realities of 21st century agriculture."
"We'll reap what we sow," Daniel Imhoff, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES,
April 10, 2008
Opinion piece subtitled: "The farm bill is loaded with pork and environmentally disastrous provisions."
"World Bank Chief: Biofuels Boosting Food Prices," NPR,
April 11, 2008
Includes an extended interview with Robert Zoellick discusses the impact of high food prices on countries that have otherwise stable governments.
"Food for Thought: Famine, farm prices and aid." THE ECONOMIST, Mar 27th 2008
Perspective from THE ECONOMIST on the effect of rising commodity prices on world relief organizations.