With net farm income in the U.S. falling to a 12-year low, there are very real challenges in the farm economy. The 2018 Farm Bill will seek to provide much needed relief to farmers and ranchers by improving farm safety net programs, revisiting conservation programs, and potentially making reforms in nutrition programs. Dr. Newton will provide an outlook on the 2018 Farm Bill and highlight some of the key policy issues identified by American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Bill Working Group.
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Dr. Newton has worked in the agricultural sector for nearly 15 years, serving the United States Department of Agriculture, the Senate Agriculture Committee majority staff, and on faculty with the University of Illinois. Dr. Newton now serves as Director of Market Intelligence for American Farm Bureau Federation, the largest farm organization of independent farmers in the United States. In this role Dr. Newton provides analyses used for the development of and advocacy for Farm Bureau policy. Dr. Newton also serves on the board of directors for the Council on food and resource economics, and in 2016 was appointed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to the agricultural trade advisory committee and advisory committee on agricultural statistics.
Selected CRS Reports:
Farm Bill Primer Series: A Guide to Omnibus Legislation and Food Programs (R44913, McMinimy)
Previewing a 2018 Farm Bill (R44784, Johnson)