Former Senator Blance Lincoln was Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Senator Lincoln provided Arkansas a strong voice on issues important to rural communities. Lincoln played a key role in brokering the compromise that led to passage of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Also known as the ?farm bill,? this legislation provides more resources for nutrition, conservation, rural development, and renewable energy than ever before. The 2008 farm bill also maintains a safety net for our family farmers who produce traditional commodity crops so that they can compete in the global marketplace.