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bos2Farm Bill by the Numbers

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition –  December 21, 2018
The farm bill is complex package of legislation – like other authorizing bills, the bill’s primary focus is on policies and programs, but unlike many authorization bills, the farm bill also provides direct funding for many of the programs it authorizes. Farm bill programs, therefore, have two ways to receive funding: mandatory (or direct) funding through the farm bill, and annual funding through the appropriations process. Because mandatory funding provided by authorizing legislation is substantially larger than appropriated funds, which programs receive mandatory funding and how much is always a contentious issue in farm bill debates. This post provides a high-level overview of some key spending pieces included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Read full blog post here.



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