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Focus on the Next Farm Bill: A Special Edition of Choices Magazine

Analysis of questions surrounding key legislation for agricultural industry

Debate is expected to begin soon in Washington, D.C., on the 2018 Farm Bill. And the makings of this piece of legislation will be watched very closely by everyone involved in the U.S. food and agricultural system.

The recent elections and the downturn in the farm economy  has some in the industry concerned about what the new Farm Bill will look like. It was a rocky road to get to the 2014 Farm Bill, which ended up becoming a big controversy for many in the industry.

What will become of some of the policies in the 2014 legislation that concerned many dairy farmers? What about crop insurance, conservation, the livestock industry and nutritional programs? And the biggest puzzle piece may be how President-Elect Donald Trump enacts some of the trade and other policies he promised during the campaign.

These are all important topics being analyzed by some of the country’s top agricultural economists. The future of the Farm Bill is the focus of a special edition of Choices Magazine.  The theme, entitled “Looking Ahead to the Next Farm Bill”, features the following articles:

  • “80 Years of Farm Bills” - Evolutionary Reform” by Carl Zulauf and David Orden
  • “The Nutrition Title’s Long, Sometimes Strained, but Not Yet Broken, Marriage with the Farm Bill” by Parke Wilde 
  • “The Next Farm Bill May Present Opportunities for Hybrid Farm-Conservation Policies” by Jonathan Coppess  
  • “The Farm Safety Net for Field Crops” by Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf  
  • “Federal Intervention in Milk Markets” by Andrew Novakovich and Christopher Wolfe  
  • “Federal Benefits for Livestock and Specialty Crop Producers” by Stephanie Mercier 

You can read each of the articles online at If you are interested in setting up an interview with any of the authors, please contact Jay Saunders ( in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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