Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-260) 43 pp
U.S. Agricultural Policy Review, 2022
This is the 2022 edition of the annual series documenting developments in U.S. agricultural policies, with a focus on policies related to agricultural production, agrofood value chains, and food and nutrition assistance. Developments related to agricultural production included temporary assistance programs that are a response to extreme weather and the continuing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; changes to standing farm programs, including commodity programs, conservation programs, credit programs, and crop insurance; the development of new programs, including the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, and the allocation of additional resources for existing USDA conservation programs to support the adoption of certain practices with climate mitigation benefits; the introduction of new measures and programs focused on improving equity; updates to USDA organic regulations and the launch of new programs to support producers transitioning to organic operations; and developments in certain laws and regulations overseen by agencies other than USDA that affect the agricultural sector. In 2022, developments in agrofood value chain policies related to the continued economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain vulnerabilities. In the realm of food and nutrition assistance, 2022 saw the continued development of temporary changes to existing food assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the establishment of a new permanent Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program; the implementation of various emergency actions to respond to reduced infant formula availability; and the release of a National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in conjunction with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
Keywords: Farm policy, ad hoc assistance, disaster assistance, pandemic assistance, commodity programs, conservation, credit, crop insurance, climate, equity, organics, agrofood value chains, food and nutrition assistance
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