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April 23, 2007

Future farm bill sparks new Purdue Web site

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new Purdue University Web site covers hot topics that will be affected by the 2007 farm bill, such as conservation, energy and commodities.

The agricultural industry - from the government sector to the production sector - has the 2007 farm bill in the forefront among current ag-related issues.

"Our agricultural economics group felt it was useful to pull together as much information as possible to help inform the public, producers and agribusinesses, as well as commodity groups, about the future farm bill," said Mike Boehlje, a Purdue Extension agricultural economics specialist. "The Web site was designed to give viewers a general background about farm policies and alternative proposals."

The "2007 Farm Bill Issues and Analysis" Web site was created to provide useful information for the debate and discussion of what the new farm bill should look like, Boehlje said.

The impact that policy changes will have on crops and livestock, conservation and energy, trade policy, farm program payments, nutrition and food stamp programs, and agricultural research are all topics to be debated in the coming months.

"Farmers are directly affected by federal farm policies," Boehlje said. "The farm program legislated by the farm bill provides significant support to producers."

The farm bill not only impacts farmers, but also affects consumers through nutrition programs, schools through school lunch programs, landowners through conservation programs, universities through research programs and taxpayers through government expenditures.

"Historically, the farm bill has been a major source of risk reduction for producers that results from variability in prices and income from year to year," Boehlje said.

The Web site is at http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/farmbill/. Currently the site has an overview of the 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture's farm bill proposals for conservation, dairy, energy and commodities. There also are links to the Economic Research Service farm bill, the USDA's Farms Service Agency, and information about the nation's food assistance program and food stamps.

The most recent farm bill, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and many of its provisions expire in 2007. The farm bill being debated will go into effect for the 2008 crop.

"Proposals will continue to be developed and submitted by both the House and Senate ag committees, and by early fall a finalized bill is expected to be submitted to the president for his signature," Boehlje said. "But this schedule all depends on how the debate transpires."

Purdue experts will continue adding to the Web site as new proposals are developed and the debate continues.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

Source: Mike Boehlje, (765) 494-4222, boehljem@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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