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The 2018 Farm Bill was enacted on December 20, 2018. The Farm Bill continues its strong support for America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards through a variety of safety net, farm loan, conservation, and disaster assistance programs. 

Safety Net Programs

Safety net and price support programs provide peace of mind for producers who are working to manage ups and downs in markets. The 2018 Farm Bill created the Dairy Margin Coverage Program, which builds on the former Margin Protection Program for Dairy and provides a boost to coverage levels and a reduction in premiums. 

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Farm Loans

Farm loans provide access to credit to help start, improve, expand, and strengthen American farms. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans. 

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Conservation Programs

Conservation programs enable farmers and ranchers to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat. The Farm Bill gradually increases the acreage cap for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to 27 million by 2023 and authorizes two new pilot programs through CRP that prioritize practices that help benefit water resources. 

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Disaster Assistance

Disaster programs provide much needed support for agricultural producers to rehabilitate farmland and ranchland damaged by natural disasters. The Farm Bill continued funding to these programs. 

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