Legal-Ease: Introduction to the new farm bill

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Congress recently passed a new farm bill. The intricacies of the bill are too much to talk about in one column, but here are a few things that stand out:

This bill is the most recent in a long list that have been signed since the early 1900s, when farmers made up the majority of the work force and were very poor. While the current bill isn’t designed to make farmers rich, it’s made to make sure the farming industry survives and continues to provide the food we need.

One of the most important topics covered in the bill is crop insurance. Now, farmers are allowed subsidies on their insurance premiums, which will increase the use of the insurance and further secure the industry.

Congress recently passed a new farm bill. In this column over the next few months, I will address various aspects of the farm bill.

Generally speaking, a vast majority of the law deals with food stamps and other non-farm related aspects of government policy. Most aspects of the farm bill are carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture. A subsection of the USDA called the Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the most recognized farmer/producer related farm bill programs.

Read Lee’s full article on the new farm bill in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Introduction to the new farm bill

Source:, Legal-Ease: Introduction to the new farm bill by Lee R. Schroeder, December 20, 2014

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