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The final 2014 Farm Bill Conference Report was approved by the U.S. House on January 29, 2014 by a bipartisan vote of 251-166. The U.S. Senate approved the measure on February 4. The bill was signed into law on February 7, 2014 in East Lansing, MI. USDA has now begun the lengthy and important process of implementation. USA Rice will be working closely with USDA, as well as the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to ensure implementation is as quick and smooth as possible for producers and that it follows the intent of the Farm Bill.

August 2014 Updates:

  • USDA sent this letter out to all farm owners and operators to begin the process of verifying the base acres and planting history in preparation for the opportunity to reallocate base acres. Long and Medium/Short grain rice are included in the commodities eligible for a base acre reallocation this year. Correct base acreage information will be important when making a decision about ARC/PLC choices later this year. This program notice from USDA also outlines more information about base acreage changes for 2014.
  • Fact Sheet about the Supplimental Coverage Option for Federal Crop Insurance

For a brief overview of the industry policy provisions and how they fared in the final bill, see the farm bill scorecard.

USA Rice conducted Farm Bill education meetings in rice country this past spring. These materials are linked below.

  • USA Rice detailed summary of the commodity, conservation, trade, crop insurance, and regulatory provisions.
  • More detailed summary of the new policies with specific examples
  • Final PowerPoint presentation
  • List of FAQ's from the meeting

USDA Updates:

Additional Farm Bill Resources:

  • Texas A&M Ag and Food Policy Center Website with additional farm bill information and a data collection document outlining what data will be needed for use in the forthcoming farm bill decision aid tool
  • House Agriculture Committee Website
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Website

USA Rice one-page summary of key commodity and crop insurance provisions.

Vote chart of rice state Members of the House and Senate on the Farm Bill vote.

Vote chart of House Members on the Farm Bill vote.

USA Rice 2014 Farm Bill Conference Report passage news release.

USA Rice letter to House and Senate Members in support of final Farm Bill.

112th Congress

USA Rice Federation information about the 112th Congress’ farm-bill proposals can be accessed below.

USA Rice U.S. House Testimony, 112th Congress

Blake Gerard

Dow Brantley

Paul Combs

John Owen

Linda Raun

USA Rice U.S. Senate Testimony, 112th Congress

Travis Satterfield