Farm Safety Net
• Eliminates direct payments and continues crop insurance.
• Producers will choose between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Establishes the Dairy Margin Protection program.
• Restores livestock disaster assistance for losses dating back to 2011, and establishes a permanent livestock disaster program.
• Continues USDA Rural Development programs. Provides $15 million to support rural business development and growth through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.
• Provides $150 million for water and wastewater infrastructure.
• Reserves 10% of certain programs for regional, long-term investments to better promote economic development through regional planning and leveraging of resources. Trade and Foreign Agriculture
• Continues authorization for $200 million annually for international market development.
• Authorizes up to $80 million for LRP and makes the program permanent.
• Provides more flexibility for USAID to use cash assistance in administering the Food for Peace program.
• Increases flexibility for assistance in emergency situations. Research
• Endows $200 million for a foundation for agricultural research.
• Doubles the funding for SCRI to $80 million annually
• Consolidates conservation programs for flexibility, accountability and adaptability at the local level.
• Links basic conservation practices to crop insurance premium subsidy for highly erodible lands and wetlands.
• Builds upon previous successful partnerships and encourages agricultural producers and partners to design conservation projects that focus on and address regional priorities.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
2014 Farm Bill
• Reauthorizes and provides $880 million for energy programs established in the 2008 Farm Bill.
• Expands Biorefinery Assistance Program to include biobased product and renewable chemical manufacturing.
• Expands Biopreferred program to include forestry products.
• Makes Stewardship Contracting Authority permanent, allowing FS to conduct restoration work and stimulate job growth.
• Makes the Good Neighbor Authority permanent and available nationwide.
• Maintains SNAP eligibility for millions of low-income families.
• Provides $200 million for job training and $100 million to increase fruit and vegetable purchases.
• Provides $250 million in additional funding for TEFAP.
• Authorizes $125 million for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to make nutritious food more accessible.
Next Generation Farmers and Ranchers
• Provides $100 million for the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.
• Increases access to capital and supports crop insurance and risk management tools, including reducing crop insurance premiums during the first 5 years of farming.
Local and Regional Food Systems
• Renames FMPP to “Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program” and provides $30 million annually.
• Continues to reserve funds in the Business & Industry Loan Program for locally- and regionally- focused businesses.
• Advances growth of local and regional food systems with $65 million for Value Added Product Market Development Grants.
Specialty Crops and Organics
• Provides $72.5 million annually for SCBG.
• Provides new resources for organic farmers, including funding the Organic Cost Share program at $11.5 million annually.
• Increases funding for pest and disease management and disaster prevention to $62.5 million per year, and $75 million in FY 2018 and beyond.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. March 2014