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2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill provides support, certainty, and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and forest managers by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation.

The 2018 Farm Bill, enacted December 20, 2018, builds upon many of the crucial programs that serve America’s agricultural producers. USDA is implementing this new bill, which includes seeking public input on programs and provisions and designing guidelines. In the meantime, programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill are available to serve producers now.

Farmers' Guide to 2018 USDA Farm Bill Programs

USDA offers a variety of risk management, disaster assistance, loan, and conservation programs to support your operation. This guide describes assistance for farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners available through the 2018 Farm Bill.

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2018 Farm Bill Updates

We know you are interested in learning about FSA, NRCS, and RMA programs supported by the 2018 Farm Bill. Here are resources for key changes, feedback from USDA listening sessions, and the latest USDA Farm Bill news. 


Key Changes

The 2018 Farm Bill continued funding for USDA’s major programs that serve you. The new legislation did prescribe changes to some of these programs:

The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp, and it is now legal to grow industrial hemp. Learn more.


Listening Sessions

As part of implementing the Farm Bill, USDA conducted listening sessions to provide an opportunity for producers and USDA stakeholders to share their thoughts about how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery and customer service.

USDA's Farm Service Agency hosted two listening sessions to obtain feedback on the 2018 Farm Bill provisions regarding the Heir's Property Relending Program and issues surrounding heirs' property landowners obtaining farm numbers. The first listening session was on July 31, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. The second was on August 14, 2019 in Washington. D.C. 

USDA has held 10-plus listening sessions, including a session on February 26, 2019 where FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency gathered feedback on programs for farmers and ranchers. Watch the recording below or on YouTube.

Latest News

USDA staff is working to evaluate your feedback and implement the 2018 Farm Bill. Read our latest news:

2019 News