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Leveraging Farm Policy for Conservation

by Douglas Helms

In this paper, Douglas Helms, NRCS National Historian, reflects on the significance of the passage of the 1985 Farm Bill. Rather than presenting a chronological narrative, it provides some analysis
of why an environment favorable for passage came to be, and it draws a few lessons from the
experience.

Leveraging Farm Policy for Conservation: Passage of the 1985 Farm Bill