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Farm Bill for Alabama Producers

The Farm Bill is officially known as the Agricultural Act of 2014 or 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. It is the Act of Congress authorized for Nutrition and Agriculture Programs in United States that has been passed this year and expires in 2018. It is the primary tool for Agricultural and Food Policy that was operated by the federal government and also it is a comprehensive bill passed for every five years by United States Congress. It deals with Agriculture and other programs that are managed by U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the year of 1973, the Farm Bill mainly focused on policies and regulations of Commodity Programs, Trade, Rural Development, Farm Credit, Conservation, Agriculture Research & Food and Nutrition Programs. The first farm bill known as Agricultural Adjustment Act that was passed by Congress in 1933. The goal of this act is to provide financial assistance to the farmers who struggled during the great depression The goal was also extended to control; insure adequate food supply, positive effects on international trade, environmental conservation, food safety and well-being of rural communities. Highlights of 2014 - 2018 Farm Bill include crop insurance for farmers, supports rural economic development programs and international marketing. It also provides new resources for organic farmers and supports to the next generation farmers & ranchers. It also funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP). Finally the total 2014-18 Farm Bill funding is divided into Nutrition Programs (80%), Crop Insurance (8%), Conservation (6%), Commodities (5%), and all other Programs (1%).

The Small Farm Research Center (AAMU) has established the "Let's Talk about the Farm Bill" meetings in collaboration with USDA agencies to deliver essential items geared towards Alabama producers through the new 2014 Farm Bill. Through this initiative, agents from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and Rural Development (RD) has played a vital role in delivering ongoing programs that can benefit Alabama producers through their particular agency. The center is making its mark throughout the entire state targeting specific urban and rural areas through outreach to different ethnic groups. Find below a list of our upcoming events that are ongoing throughout the state of Alabama impacting producers from Alabama and north Tennessee.

2014 Meetings, "Let's Talk about the Farm Bill."

​November 19-21, 2014
December 2, 2014 January 12, 2015 February 11, 2015 March 12, 2015
Alabama A&M University
Limestone County Extension Office
Hale County Extension Office
Lauderdale County Extension Office
​Project Hopewell Center
​4900 Meridian St. NW 1109 W. Market Street, Suite A
701 Hall Street
​802 Veterans Drive ​4817 Jefferson Ave SW
Normal, AL 35762 Athens, AL 35611 Greensboro, AL 36744 Florence, AL 35630
​Birmingham, AL 35221

USDA announces Key Dates for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs


* September 29, 2014 to February 27, 2015: Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

* November 17 2014 to March 31, 2015: Producers make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

* Mid-April 2015 through summer 2015: Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years.

* October 2015: Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed.