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The economics of the next Farm Bill

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OAK BROOK, IL Feb. 7, 2018: The panelists at next week's Farm Foundation Forum together have experience in analyzing, writing or implementing at least five previous farm bills, two crop insurance bills and five budget reconciliation bills. That depth of experience will make for a lively discussion of The Economics of the Next Farm Bill when the Forum convenes at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

The Forum will be in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. A free live audiocast will also be available.

Forum panelists providing perspectives on these issues will be:

  • Joe Outlaw, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University,
  • Patrick Westhoff, Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri,
  • Craig Jagger, formerly Chief Economist of the House Agriculture Committee and Principal Analyst, Congressional Budget Office, and
  • Don Villwock, Indiana farmer and former President of the Indiana Farm Bureau.

"Multiple titles of a farm bill are heavily driven by economics--everything from commodity prices and farm income to trade numbers, labor costs and the economic health of rural America," says Megan Provost, Farm Foundation Vice President of Policy and Programs. "The depth of our panel's past work on Farm Bills, combined with their diverse experiences working in the production agriculture, legislative and academic arenas, should yield a rich discussion of the challenges and opportunities ahead as Congress writes the next Farm Bill."

Provost will moderate the discussion. After comments by the panelists, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion.

There is no charge to participate in the Feb. 13 Forum, but registration is requested.

  • Register HERE if you plan to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club.
  • Register HERE to participate in the live audiocast. Audiocasting is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit.

Who should participate in the Forum: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, Embassy representatives, academics and members of the media.

The Forum: Farm Foundation organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy options, and give voice to new proposals.


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