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The USA Rice Federation provides this page to keep you advised about the farm bill and implementation.  We want to facilitate your access to current activities, key developments, and essential documents.

If USA Rice can assist in any way, please contact Reece Langley,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-236-1471, Lauren Echols, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-236-1440, or Evan Spencer,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-236-1476, at any time.

USDA has released two updates on the implementation process for key farm bill programs. The first is a brief overview on key provisions within each title, and the second provides a more detailed update. Additionally, FSA has also prepared a Farm Bill Fact Sheet that might be useful.

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

USA Rice Staff has prepared in depth analysis about the farm bill and how the options you choose might work for the crops on your farm. This handout outlines the basics of the new farm bill and this handout provides a summary of the new policy provisions with specific examples. The final PowerPoint presentation is now available.

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 is expected to approve 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.

For detailed information on the new Farm Bill, the specific provisions that apply to rice, and other useful information, please see the following links:

House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill page ( includes the complete legislative text of the bill, as well as the statement of managers report that details the decisions made between the original House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill.

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

USA Rice detailed summary of the commodity, conservation, trade, crop insurance, and regulatory provisions.

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

Vote chart of House rice state 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