The Farm Bill: Now Comes the Hard Part

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Now that the 2008 Farm Bill is officially law, it’s important to make sure all that work sustainable ag groups like LSP put into some of the legislation’s key components does not go to waste. Talk is cheap in Congress — implementation out here on real farms is what gets things done. The overall legislation is still less than Grade A work, but initiatives like the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) are truly precedent-setting and innovative — two words not usually associated with federal ag legislation. If BFRDP even begins to live up to its billing, this new Farm Bill will begin to make up for all its other shortcomings. To get an idea of what I’m talking about, check out our latest BFRDP fact sheet.

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