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Agriculture Improvement Act

In 2018, President Trump signed the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act, generating praise and backlash from both sides of the aisle.


President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act (Farm Bill) into law on December 20, 2018, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementing its programs. This five-year legislation allows USDA to carry out policies designed to serve rural America, create jobs in agriculture and conservation industries, and provide farmers with a safety net system. The 2018 Farm Bill was also built on the “Forestry” title from the 2014 Farm Bill and included additional conservation authorities for the Forest Service. Although the bill was a bipartisan effort, it also received bipartisan opposition. Right-leaning sources were displeased as the Farm Bill legalized the industrial production of hemp. Meanwhile, Left-leaning sources called the move a payout to farmers hurt by President Trump’s tariffs policy. In particular, Fox News criticized President Trump’s throwback tweet of him singing the Green Acres theme amid his foreign policy move to pull troops out of Syria.