Jenn Hall

Edible Jersey: A Primer on the 2018 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill has guided American agricultural policy since its creation in 1933. Part of the New Deal, it was designed to protect farmers and consumers when the twin forces of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl put the country’s food security at risk. Passed every five years, the bill includes 12 titles that cover everything from conservation to crop insurance. The 2014 Farm Bill, which encompassed roughly $457.5 billion in spending, expires on September 30, 2018. As the next iteration is drafted, the decisions made will affect us all.

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Published in the Early Summer 2018 issue

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