Agriculture, Nutrition, and Rural Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 [February 23, 2009] [open pdf - 290KB]
"On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, P.L. [Public Law] 111-5). The ARRA is a response to the depth of the economic recession facing the United States (and the rest of the world) at the beginning of 2009. It is billed as an economic stimulus package to improve the situation of individuals and businesses. The ARRA boosts government spending on various infrastructure programs and government benefits programs, and offers individual and business tax benefits. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the ARRA will cost $787 billion over 10 years, although most of its budget authority is slated for two fiscal years (FY2009-FY2010). Agriculture programs--including nutrition assistance, rural development, farmer assistance, and conservation--would receive about $26.6 billion of the $787 billion in the enacted ARRA (about 3.4%)."
CRS Report for Congress, R40160
National Agricultural Law Center: http:nationalaglawcenter.org/