Actual Farm Bill Spending and Cost Estimates

As Congress moves toward considering reauthorization of the farm bill, questions about the cost of the farm bill and cost considerations among different farm bill programs will become more prominent. Among the types of questions frequently asked about farm bill spending are:

  • What is the estimated cost of the current 2008 farm bill?
  • How much more or less has actually been spent on the 2008 farm bill than was estimated at the time of enactment?
  • What is the estimated cost of some of the major programs in the 2008 farm bill?

This report begins to answer some of these questions and provides updated information on actual expenditures for some programs and baseline projections by CBO for spending under current law.

Click here to view the CRS Report.

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