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12 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 547 (2010-2011)
The 2008 Farm Bill: Friend or Foe to Conservationists and What Improvements are Needed

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THE 2008 FARM BILL:
FRIEND OR FOE TO CONSERVATIONISTS AND WHAT
IMPROVEMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Mary Beth Blauser*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction.......................................... 548
I. Origin of the Farm Bill and Its Connectivity to
United States History.    .........................      .......548
A. A Suppressed Market Resulted in a Need for Government
Intervention.      .....................................549
B. The Evolution of the Farm Bill............      .................550
C. Modern Farm Bills.     .................................551
II. Current Legislation: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act
of 2008...........................................553
III. Criticism of Current Legislation..............................560
A. Traditional Commodity Programs Impede the Growth and
Success of Conservation Programs...............        .......561
B. Too Much Funding Is Allocated to Commodity Payment Plans ......563
IV. Improvement of Current Legislation.........     ..................564
A. Increase Funding for Conservation Programs and Eliminate
or Reduce Commodity Payment Plans ......  .............565
B. Enrollment in Conservation Programs Needs to Be
Straightforward.............................          .....566
C. Modified Enforcement Policy of Conservation Programs...........566
D. The Farm Bill Provisions Should Be Complementary, Not
Undercut Each Other..............................567
Conclusion............................................568
J.D. 2011, Vermont Law School; B.B.A. 2008, Ohio University. Many thanks to my
parents, sister, and Tim for their unconditional love and support, without which my education and this
article would not have been possible.

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