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AGRIBUSINESS: Farm Bill Changes Up Conservation Programs

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The latest farm bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014, changes up some of the conservation programs.

Mandatory spending on USDA conservation programs will decline by $200 million over the next four years.  That's compared to if the 2008 farm bill had been extended.

However, funding will shift around the different programs from land retirement and conservation easement to working land conservation programs.

Combined spending on those will be about 50 percent of total conservation spending from 2014 to 2018 according to USDA's Economic Research Service.  That's up about 20 percent since the beginning of the new millennium.