Additional Resources

Important Update:

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

    • ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas) – Para más información sobre agricultura sostenible a nivel nacional.
    • La seguridad alimentaria, On Farm Food Safety – Para más información sobre cómo certificarse en la seguridad alimentaria.
    • Pregúntele a Karen – Un servicio de USDA para contestar preguntas sobre manipulación y almacenamiento seguro para prevenir el envenenamiento.
    • Para una tabla de información sobre préstamos agrícolas del USDA en español, visite la página de información aquí.
    • Helping New American Farmers – Includes videos about basic concepts important for farmers such as marketing farm products, USDA programs and services, and cooperative extension in slow English, Mai Mai, Kirundi and Nepali languages.
  • How to work with USDA – Video in Hmong with English subtitles made by the National Hmong American Farmers

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

Congressional Research Service Reports Page

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.