Posted March 21, 2014
Senator John Thune (R-SD) expects the 2014 Farm Bill to be implemented quickly, according to an article by WNAX available here.
Thune predicts that farmers could be signing up for new farm programs by this fall and disaster assistance this spring.
About $4 million has been allocated to help with education prior to sign-up periods due to the complexity of new programs. 
USDA is currently holding listening sessions to hear from stakeholders regarding the implementation of the farm bill (Agricultural Act of 2014).  Information on the next listening session on March 27 is available here.
The March 27 listening session will be held by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) on the farm safety net.  New programs being implemented by FSA will include the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and the Dairy Margin Protection Programs (MPP-Dairy).  RMA will implement the new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) for producers of upland cotton, conservation compliance requirements, and several new program revisions leading to enhanced crop insurance coverage. 
Written comments may also be submitted by April 2, 2014. 


For more information on farm bills, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.