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"This is the first time in my memory that people interested in agricultural policy reform have had a significant seat at the table, and that is almost entirely due to AFT's hard work. The farm policy agenda is now forever changed, and the outcomes on many of these issues will also change substantially as the years unfold."

-Clayton Yeutter,
former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Analysis of the 2008 Farm Bill
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Policy Outcomes:
Conservation & Farmland Protection Subsidy Reform Local and Healthy Foods Renewable Energy

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008

Farmers with swiss chard cropThe 2008 Farm Bill—the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008—marks a historic moment in American agricultural policy. New players and new partnerships shifted the farm bill debate in unprecedented ways, resulting in better programs and an increased focus on supporting the needs of producers and consumers.

Changing course among entrenched farm policy interests is never an easy task, but the 2008 Farm Bill—and the process leading up to its passage—has truly shifted the political landscape and laid the groundwork for continued reform.

The final bill provides critical new funding for several programs and makes improvements to increase program effciencies and effectiveness. The new farm bill includes:

While the final compromise bill does not include all of the reforms we would like to see, it is a significant improvement in U.S. farm and food policy. We will build off these new programs, better policies and increased funding now and in the future.

Change has begun, but none of these victories are permanent. The wins must be secured in rulemaking and appropriations and then built upon to keep the momentum moving forward for long-term success. American Farmland Trust is committed to being there every step of the way to keep the United States on course for an equitable, strong and vibrant farm and food future.


American Farmland Trust