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Washington Policy Outlook on Farm Bill Debate

Presenters examine issues at 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting

The Farm Safety Net, Crop Insurance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are key components of the current farm bill debate.  Policy objectives and available funding, along with the political process, will drive the crafting of the 2018 Farm Bill.

In the Track session “Washington Policy Outlook” from the Extension Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), four presenters from the Senate Agricultural Committee, House Agricultural Committee, USDA-Office of the Chief Economist, and the Congressional Budget Office will focus on contemporary and federal policy issues affecting agriculture. Due to the ever changing status of the current farm bill debates, topics to be covered may range from strategies to move legislations forward in either House or Senate, the conference committee and points of difference if both House and Senate have passed their bills, or discussions of implications if the farm bill has already been completed.

The Organizer of the session, Steven Klose from Texas A&M University hopes that “people will walk away with an ‘insider’ view of the details/process/impact from congressional staff economist and USDA chief economist.”

Over 1,600 participants are expected to attend the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on August 5- August 7 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The “Washington Policy Outlook” session will take place on Monday, August 6, from 10:00  – 11:30 am.

If you are interested in attending this session at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

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 60 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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