Farm Economic Issues

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Nova Publishers, 2004 - Political Science - 226 pages
Farm economics remains a major concern for policymakers as it has been in the past. On the other hand, the farms in America constituted one of its main levers of power besides the military. Policies must encourage innovation in one sense, yet be ready to lend support just in the event of regional weather disasters or national economics trends adverse to agriculture. This new book presents a comprehensive picture of these current issues. Contents: Preface; Farm Economic Relief: Issues and Options for Congress; US Farm Income: Recent National and Regional Changes and the Federal Response; Farm and Food Support under USDA's Section 32 Program; Farm Labour Shortages and Immigration Policy; Farm Support Programs and World Trade Commitments; Farm Disaster Assistance; Federal Farm Promotion ('Check-Off') Programs; Farm 'Counter-Cyclical Assistance'; Farm Program Spending: What's Permitted under the Uruguay Round Agreements; Index.
 

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Contents

Farm Economic Relief and Policy Issues in Congress A Retrospective
1
US Farm Income Recent National and Regional Changes and the Federal Response
21
Farm and Food Support under USDAs Section 32 Program
29
Farm Labor Shortages and Immigration Policy
37
Farm Support Programs and World Trade Commitments
55
Farm Disaster Assistance
79
Federal Farm Promotion CheckOff Programs
87
Farm CounterCyclical Assistance
95
Sugar Policy Issues
129
The 2002 Farm Law at a Glance
153
Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting
163
Hog Prices Questions and Answers
171
Comparing Quota Buyout Payments for Peanuts and Tobacco
181
Dairy Farmer Counter Cyclical Assistance
189
Agricultural Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments
193
Farm Commodity Programs A Short Primer
203

Farm Program Spending Whats Permitted under the Uruguay Round Agreements
103
Grazing Fees An Overview
113
Farm Bill Trade and Food Aid Provisions
119
Farm Commodity Payment Limits Comparison of Proposals
213
Index
221
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