Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. June 21, 2013.
The farm bill is an omnibus, multi-year piece of authorizing legislation that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. Although agricultural policies sometimes are created and changed by freestanding legislation or as part of other major laws, the farm bill provides a predictable opportunity for policymakers to comprehensively and periodically address agricultural and food issues. The farm bill is renewed about every five years.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22131.pdf [PDF format, 12 pages].
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. June 20, 2012.
The paper urges the 112th U.S. Congress to modernize the current U.S. agriculture, nutrition, and food sector to be more efficient and cost-effective, and provide more than $31 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade. It also offers recommendations on how Congress can protect the farm and nutrition safety net for the American families and enhance the U.S. agriculture’s global competitiveness while reducing agriculture’s cost to American taxpayers. [Note: contains copyrighted material].