This Atlas provides access to an array of public data on Federal farm programs that will allow users to visually explore a core component of U.S. agricultural policy. These programs assist farmers in sustaining and promoting the viability of their farm businesses or in protecting and enhancing the environment. Agricultural producers have a number of programs available to them, and because program designs and purposes vary, producers may participate in multiple programs on the same farm. For example, programs may be tied to specific commodities or to whole farm revenues; they may provide support for current losses or be based on historical production, or they may be in the form of multi-year contracts for conservation. As a result, program expenditures can vary depending on factors such as individual producers' commodity choices, market conditions, weather patterns, pest infestations, and environmental conditions.
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