The administration submitted its Farm Bill proposals at the beginning of the calendar year; currently, both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are working on drafting their versions of the Bill. Some of these drafts (for the House), as well as amendments, can be found here.
Here are many resources for information about the issues surrounding the bill as well as specific policy platforms from a variety of organizations ranging from anti-hunger and nutrition to farmers and sustainable agriculture.
- For basic info, see Farm Aid's "Farm Bill Study Guide," or World Hunger Year Food Security Learning Center's U.S. Farm Bill page, or check out some of the links on Michael Pollan's website (.pdf).
- For more in-depth, unbiased reporting on the Farm Bill, along wither other agriculture policy issues, check out the Farm Policy blog.
- The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (or NESAWG), while maintaining its own particular issue platform for the 2007 Farm Bill, has links to a number of other policy platforms on its website, including those from farmer, sustainable agriculture, and anti-hunger groups.
- Several groups are organizing around the Farm Bill's connections to public health: For background reading about these connection, see Public Health Action or this action item.
- For a historical perspective, the National Agricultural Law Center contains both summary and full text for past Farm Bills dating back to 1933.
- To purchase an easy-to-read yet comprehensive overview of many Farm Bill issues (with the warning that the author has a definite set of policy objectives in mind), Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff was released several months ago, just in time for the 2007 Farm Bill.
- For a select set of marker bills that have been proposed, see the Farm & Food Policy Project's website.