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NRCS and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s New

By Guest Author | December 11, 2019

When a new farm bill comes out, there is often a sinking feeling that it’s going to be a lot to swallow and maybe not all of it will be great tasting. Will the same programs be available? And if so, what will be different about them, if anything? What exactly are the programs again?

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