Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session Scheduled
March 14, 2014

In preparing to implement the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency are hosting a listening session for initial public input about the new programs and changes to existing programs for which the agencies have been delegated the authority to implement. The listening session is scheduled for March 27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
 
The Farm Bill is intended to maintain a strong farm safety-net, restore funding for a number of critical programs (including disaster assistance that has lapsed), conserve natural resources and prepare the nation for the next generation of farming and agriculture. 
 
The listening session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to voice their priorities, concerns or requests. 
 
Space for attendance at the meeting is limited, therefore, anyone wishing to attend or provide oral comments during the listening session must send an email to robert.stephenson@wdc.usda.gov by March 15 to register the names of those planning to attend. Registrations will be accepted until maximum room capacity is reached. Additional information is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-14/html/2014-05710.htm. 
 
USDA rolled out a new website that provides resources for understanding the new Farm Bill at www.ers.usda.gov/agricultural-act-of-2014-highlights-and-implications.aspx#.Ux_D1pt17IG.