Agricultural and food policy

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Prentice Hall, 1998 - Law - 521 pages
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Provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of government in agriculture in the United States and the effects of the federal government's agricultural and food policies. KEY TOPICS: " Presenting the political process as it relates to agriculture, it explains the role of agriculture committees within Congress; the role of USDA; and of Farm, agribusiness, and public interest organizations. It introduces economic principles to analyze a particular problem, policy, program, or consequence. The fourth edition of "Agricultural and Food Policy" has been revised to include comprehensive treatment of international trade policy and the issues likely to dominate the next round of trade negotiations beginning in 2000; policies relating to food safety; the implications of welfare reform on the future scope and structure of the USDA; and current perspectives on the balance of world food supply and demand. The book also includes a new chapter on the ways in which the 1996 Farm bill changes the role of government in agriculture." An essential reference for anyone involved in agriculture or in the formulation of agriculture and food policy.

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The Policy Setting
Policy Problems of Food
The Policy Process

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Ronald D. Knutson" is a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. He was formerly the director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPe, which specializes in studies for the Agriculture Committees of the U.S. Congress. Dr. Knutson taught undergraduate students agricultural and food policy for 28 years and performed much the same function in Extension with farmers and agribusiness persons. His research specialty is dairy policy, where he has served as the chair of several USDA and industry studies. Prior to joining the A&M faculty, Knutson was the chief economist for the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service and the Administrator of the Farmer Cooperative Service. He has a B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. from Pennsylvania State University.

"J.B. Penn" is the USDA's Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. He serves as policy advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture as well as having responsibility for international trade policy, domestic farm policy, and risk management policy along with the agencies conducting programs in these areas. Dr. Penn came to the USDA from Sparks Companies, Inc., where he was senior vice president and manager of the Washington, D.C. office. He formerly served as senior staff economist for President Carter's Council of Economic Advisers and deputy administrator for economics of the USDA's then Economics and Statistics Service. He holds a B.S. from Arkansas State University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

"Barry L. Flinchbaugh" is a professor and Extension state leader for agricultural economics at Kansas State University. Recognized by K-State asbeing an outstanding teacher, he also lectures throughout the United States on policy issues. Professor Flinchbaugh has been a close advisor to congresspeople as well as USDA officials from Kansas and other states. He was the chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 Farm Bill to assist in evaluating and charting future policy direction. Flinchbaugh also served as special assistant for information and public affairs to the president of Kansas State University. He has a B.S. and an M.S. from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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