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AS ALL OF OFFICIAL WASHINGTON, D.C. EAGERLY awaits
the daily tweet storm from 1600 Penn, and most of
Capitol Hill seems locked in endless partisan displays
of bravado, the agricultural community and its allies
are hard at work preparing for the once-every-five-year
slugfest, the "Farm Bill."
The Farm Bill is an omnibus, multi-year law that
governs an array of agricultural and food programs, as
well as regulatory issues. Titles in the most recent Farm
Bill encompassed farm commodity price and income
supports, agricultural conservation, farm credit, trade,
research, rural development, bioenergy, foreign food
aid and domestic nutrition assistance.
By renewing the Farm Bill about every five years, policymakers are given the opportunity to comprehensively
and periodically address agricultural and food issues.
The most recent Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014,
was enacted into law in February 2014 and expires on
September 30, 2018.
The 2014 Farm Bill succeeded the Food, Conservation,
and Energy Act of 2008. Provisions in the 2014 Farm
Bill reshaped the structure of farm commodity support, expanded crop insurance coverage, consolidated
conservation programs, reauthorized and revised nutrition assistance and extended authority to appropriate
funds for many U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
discretionary programs through FY2018. Several regulatory reform issues were also in play, though few made
it through to the Farm Bill Conference Committee-a
committee made up of members from both parties and
both houses of Congress appointed to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of legislation.
When the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, the
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the
total cost of mandatory programs would be $489 billion
for FY2014-FY2018. Four titles accounted for 99 percent ($483.8 billion) of anticipated Farm Bill mandatory
program outlays: nutrition, crop insurance, conservation and farm commodity support. The nutrition title,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - January/February 2018

President’s Message
FARM BILL 101
GEARING UP FOR LEGISLATIVE DAY
PREEMPTION 101
Standards: Safety First
Marketing Corner: Is Your Website Up to Speed?
Membership Programs: Health Insurance for NPMA Members
Ask the Expert
TWO PREREQUISITES TO MANAGING SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH
Index of Advertisers
Calendar of Events
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Intro
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - cover1
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - cover2
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 3
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 4
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 5
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 6
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 7
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 8
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - President’s Message
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - FARM BILL 101
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 11
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 12
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 13
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - GEARING UP FOR LEGISLATIVE DAY
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 15
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 16
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 17
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - PREEMPTION 101
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 19
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 20
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Standards: Safety First
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Marketing Corner: Is Your Website Up to Speed?
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 23
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Membership Programs: Health Insurance for NPMA Members
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 25
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Ask the Expert
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 27
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - TWO PREREQUISITES TO MANAGING SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - 29
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - Calendar of Events
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - cover3
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - cover4
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - divider1
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - divider2
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - outsert1
PestWorld - January/February 2018 - outsert2
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