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12 PalletCentral • September-October 2022 Legislation By Jason Ortega and Hallie Fuchs Key Negotiators & Mid-Terms As Congress prepares to reauthorize the next farm bill 2023, NWPCA is working hard to ensure the wooden pallet industry will be recognized in this upcoming legislation. W e've all heard about the farm bill, but there's much more to it than just subsidies for farmers. e bill is massive and filled with many different provisions, and it's also not easy to understand. Here we'll share an overview of the farm bill, insight into the key players on this bill, and why it matters to the wood packaging industry. e farm bill has a long history in the U.S., dating back to the early 20th century. e first farm bill in 1933 focused on commodity price support to provide relief for farmers and ensure a steady domestic food supply for Americans during the Great Depression. Since then, lawmakers have passed 18 farm bills, greatly expanding the scope of who is affected and what it covers. e most recent farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, has 12 titles and includes programs for commodity crops, nutrition, trade, crop insurance, forestry, and rural development. e farm bill's conservation programs pay farmers to make environmental improvements on working land or replace crops on highly erodible and environmentally sensitive land. Every five years, the farm bill expires and is updated. It goes through an extensive process before Congress passes it and is signed into law by the President. Each farm bill has a unique title; the current bill is called the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, enacted into law in December 2018, and is up for reauthorization in 2023. is year's midterm elections will decide the direction of this legislative package to tackle THE FARM BILL:

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