The 2007 reauthorization of the U.S. farm bill provides a tremendous opportunity to improve current conservation programs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and reallocate funding from crop subsidies to environmental incentives.  

The current funding allocation is unsustainable, due to WTO challenges, political opposition, and budgetary pressures. Congress is therefore looking for new ways to help U.S. agriculture, while phasing out crop subsidies. At the same time, Congress and the Administration have expressed growing interest in creating new environmental incentive programs.         

Stanford University, in affiliation with Yale and the American Farmland Trust, hosted three workshops to help inform legislative debate on the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill.