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2008 farm bill

The measure we commonly call the "farm bill" is the single most important piece of legislation for improving the quality of life and economic vitality of our rural communities. It is also a food, agriculture, conservation, and energy bill that is of critical importance to every American and which has very significant consequences and ramifications around the globe. 

After the House and Senate both pass versions of legislation, the differences in the two versions are resolved by a conference committee. The documents below explain the changes made in the conference committee process during the 2008 Farm Bill negotiations: