2018 Farm Bill Outlook


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With net farm income in the U.S. falling to a 12-year low, there are very real challenges in the farm economy. The 2018 Farm Bill will seek to provide much needed relief to farmers and ranchers by improving farm safety net programs, revisiting conservation programs, and potentially making reforms in nutrition programs. Dr. Newton will provide an outlook on the 2018 Farm Bill and highlight some of the key policy issues identified by American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Bill …

Cottage Food Laws: Adequately Addressing Food Safety and Economic Opportunity?

Nearly every state in the U.S. has a cottage food law that allows entrepreneurs to produce certain food products in their homes with little regulatory oversight.  Many applaud these laws for creating opportunities for producers to generate income from small scale production of foods that have a low food safety risk.  Others argue, however, that cottage food laws impose needless restrictions that impede entry into the food market without a valid public health and safety purpose.  There is notable variation …

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)


The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law, enacted in 1930 at the request of the fruit and vegetable industry to promote fair trade.  The primary purposes of the PACA are to prevent unfair and fraudulent conduct in the marketing and selling of these perishable agricultural commodities and to facilitate the orderly flow of these commodities in interstate and foreign commerce.  The PACA is administered and regulated by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

For more information on the …