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New USDA farm bill Web site

May 16, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a Web site aimed at helping people learn more about the new farm bill signed by President Bush on Monday.

"The new farm bill is very broad and contains many new programs to assist America's farmers and ranchers," said Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. "This Web site will serve as a repository of information on the new farm bill as we begin vigorously implementing its provisions."

The Web site can be accessed from USDA's Web site at or on the Farm Service Agency Web site at

The new Web site will include farm bill program details, questions and answers, program applications, sign-up forms and other important materials from USDA agencies on farm bill implementation efforts.


The Web site also will contain electronic applications to help program applicants receive benefits faster and more efficiently.

The Web site will help users locate information through one site rather than searching through Web pages of the many agencies that make up the USDA. Users will access specific agency information through the site and then return to the home page by clicking on the farm bill 2002 logo located throughout USDA agencies' Web pages.

Information to be posted on the site over the next several weeks includes:

· a comparison of 1996 farm bill provisions and 2002 provisions prepared by the economic research service;

· information from the farm service agency on program details and instructions on how to calculate new yields;

· fact sheets in English and Spanish that cover the changes in conservation programs administered by the natural resources conservation service;

· online applications and electronic forms to help make processing time more efficient.

The Web site will be updated regularly as new information and program announcements become available. The "What's New" link will alert users to updates and added information.

President Bush signed the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 into law on Monday. At the signing ceremony the President said, "The farm bill will strengthen the farm economy, and that's important. It will promote farmer independence and preserve the farm way of life for generations. It helps America's farmers and therefore it helps America."

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