The United States supports its agricultural sector through a variety
of programs. The primary legal framework for agricultural policy is set
through a legislative process that occurs approximately every 5 years.
The current farm law (the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008) remains in force through
analysts examine the economic effects of current farm programs
on producers, consumers, taxpayers, and rural communities, and
evaluate potential effects of alternative policies and programs.
ERS also provides a comparison of new and previous farm bills,
provision by key provision. This web page provides a gateway
to ERS products related to farm bill programs.
Bill: Side-By-Side Comparison
The 2008 Farm Bill Side-By-Side presents an overview of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and a side-by-side comparison of previous legislation and
the 2008 Act. New features for 2008 include a users' guide,
an alphabetical list of key provisions, and search capabilities
within the side by side.
For more related
analyses, see 2008 Farm Bill: Background Publications.
Related Briefing Rooms
For more information, see these policy-related briefing rooms: