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The "Farm Bill," or the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, enacted into law in June 2008, will govern the bulk of Federal agriculture and related programs for the next 5 years. 

The Farm Bill set the agricultural program and funding priorities for the nation and covers everything from crop payments to growers to conservation programs and efforts aimed at creating more “green energy” from farm products. 

While Congress was formulating the current Farm Bill, New Jersey and other Northeast states were working to ensure their agricultural interests were addressed.  The Northeast produces more than 5 percent of the market value of agricultural products, it has traditionally received just a little over 1 percent of the Farm Bill’s conservation dollars.

This page provides further information about the Farm Bill and how New Jersey and our partner states' agricultural interests are represented in the law.

New Jersey Farm Bill OpEds
These five pieces, written by New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus, were distributed to newspapers throughout the tri-state area.

Conservation and Preservation Issues Central to 2007 Farm Bill

National Farm Policy Should Protect Health and Safety of Animals and Plants

Farm Bill Can Aid in International Promotion of U.S. Agricultural Products

2007 Farm Bill: Investing in Agriculture’s Future

2007 Farm Bill Can Enhance Hunger and Nutrition Programs