The Next Farm Bill: Is It Time for Conservation Payments?

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2015-08-11
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Babcock, Bruce
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Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
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Over the last two years, Congress and farm groups have worked to find a policy formula that would be acceptable as a foundation for the next farm bill. Most ideas that have been floated— and that are finding some favor in the House of Representatives— largely continue the general thrust of current programs: some fixed payments, guaranteed minimum prices for farmers, and perhaps a new countercyclical program that would mostly duplicate the emergency market loss assistance payments available the past four years.

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