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2008 Farm Bill

The 2011 Grant Recipients have been named. Congratulations to the following counties:

  • Barry
  • Berrien
  • Branch
  • Cass
  • Chippewa
  • Genesee
  • Gladwin
  • Hiawathaland
  • Huron Shores
  • Iron Range
  • Lenawee
  • Livingston
  • Midland
  • Missaukee/Wexford
  • NW Michigan
  • Ottawa
  • Saginaw
  • Shiawassee
  • Tuscola
  • Van Buren
  • Washtenaw
  • Wayne

To complete the Final Report Form for your grant project, please see the form on the sidebar to the right.

Michigan State University's Jim Hilker, Dave Schweikardt, and Roger Betz have created the latest analysis on the ACRE program for the 2010 crop year. The deadline for enrollment was June 1, 2010. The analysis is below.

The legislation has passed and now it's time to figure out how the 2008 Farm Bill will affect your farm. Program crops, livestock, insurance, and conservation will all be impacted by changes in the 2008 Farm Bill. This website will serve as a forum that provides expertise from USDA, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and our land grant, Michigan State University. The website will be updated as rules are released and finalized. The site will also contain a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a number of links that provide you with additional information. Check back for updates or let Michigan Farm Bureau staff know of changes you want to see.

The following webcasts are recordings of presentations on a number of farm bill programs. It is recommended that the following links be accessed with a high speed internet connection. If you are having difficulties viewing or are unable to view material please contact your county Farm Bureau for a copy of the presentations on CD.

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2: The Farm Bill Overview

An overview of H.R. 6421 The Food, Nutrition, and Energy Act of 2008 passed in July 2008, now referred to as the 2008 Farm Bill.

3: The Dairy Program

From the price support program to the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program, this presentation will provide an overview of changes made and how the new programs will operate.

4: Program Crops - DCP

The traditional direct and counter-cyclical payment program contains a few minor changes but is largely the same program as before. This video is a review of the DCP program and how it operates.

5: Program Crops - ACRE

The 2008 Farm Bill established an optional Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program. The revenue based program is an option instead of the traditional (DCP) price based program. This video walks through the program and how it is calculated. For program crop producers this will be one of the largest changes they will see.

6: Program Crops - ACRE

Farmers will have an option of choosing the new ACRE program or using the traditional DCP program. This video provides a basic overview of how farmers can make the decision for their operation.

7: Crop Insurance

This video provides an overview of the crop insurance programs available to farmers. The standard crop insurance programs experienced only minor changes in the new farm bill. There are new programs available that the video briefly explains.

8: Disaster Protection

The Supplemental Revenue Program (SURE) is the new disaster program designed to replace ad hoc disaster assistance. Crop insurance is required and a farm must experience a 50% loss or be included in disaster declaration by the Secretary of Agriculture. A complete program overview is presented in this video.

Planting Transferability Pilot Project

The Planting Transferability Pilot Project was announced late January 2009. The 2008 Farm Bill altered the planting prohibition by establishing a pilot program that allows farmers to plant non-program crops on base acres if they take an acre-for-acre reduction. The pilot project allows for 9,000 base acres in Michigan to be utilized for processed fruits and vegetables. The crops eligible include cucumbers, green peas, lima beans, pumpkin, snap beans, sweet corn or tomatoes. The deadline for application to participate in the program is March 2. Details and the program application form are available under "Additional Resources" on the right side of this website.