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2012 Farm Bill Working Group

Approximately every five years, Congress reauthorizes legislation that guides most federal farm and food policies. This legislation, commonly referred to as the farm bill, was last reauthorized in 2008 and is set to expire at the end of September 2012.

Given the Midwest’s role as the nation’s breadbasket, the MGA has a long tradition of providing policy recommendations and objectives to Congress and the administration on the reauthorization and implementation of the farm bill. 

In preparation for the 2012 Farm Bill, the MGA convened a governor-appointed working group to provide feedback on where the region can come together on recommendations. Given recent congressional activity and debate on reauthorization, as well as budget implications for many programs, the MGA wants to ensure the region’s recommendations ensure a strong future for U.S. agriculture policy.

Prior MGA recommendations have been well received by Congress and the executive branch. In addition to staff discussions, Midwestern governors have testified before various congressional committees regarding the region’s policy priorities.

Read the 2012 Farm Bill recommendations document the MGA released.