Please note that the Grassroots Guide has not yet been updated to reflect changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill, which was passed and signed into law in December 2018. We are in the process of updating the Guide and expect to publish an updated version in the spring of 2019. In the meantime, please use this guide for basic information about programs and important resources and links for more information, but check with USDA for any relevant program changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill. Also, check out our blog series covering highlights from the new farm bill.
1. USDA Program and Farming Practice Resources in Other Languages
2. USDA Farm Bill Webpage
As the main webpage for the 2014 Farm Bill, this site contains up to date information on important Farm Bill meeting dates and deadlines, current Farm Bill news, and the 2014 Farm Bill itself.
3. USDA Farm Bill Highlights
A two-page, easy to ready summary and side-by-side comparison of the 2014 Farm Bill with previous legislation.
4. House and Senate Committees on Agriculture Websites
Includes information on the current activities of the Committees, including farm bill implementation and oversight activities, as well as archived reports, hearing transcripts, and other documents leading up to passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
5. House and Senate Subcommittee on Agricultural Appropriations Websites
Up to date information on members of the House and Senate appropriation subcommittees, events and hearings, bill texts, as well as current news.
6. National Agricultural Law Center
Farm Bills Pages: Full text and resources for all U.S. Farm Bills from 1933 to the present
CRS is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. Through the Congress, the National Agricultural Law Center periodically receives CRS reports related to agriculture and food issues. New and updated reports are posted as they are obtained.
7. Center for Effective Government (Formerly OMB Watch)
The Center for Effective Government (CEG), formerly known as OMB Watch, is a leading nonpartisan independent watchdog, which champions good government reforms to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government. In 2016, CEG joined the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to continue its mission to improve access to decision-makers and energize citizen participation. Their website includes a wide range of reports, blogs, and other resources that examine regulatory policy, federal budget, and government actions.
8. Federal Register
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
9. Economic Research Service (USDA) Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights and Implications
The ERS website presents highlights and some economic implications of the Farm Bill’s new programs and provisions.