Farm Policy

December 2, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 45
Should farm programs be overhauled?
By Barbara Mantel

Introduction

In 1995, Congress will draft legislation reauthorizing federal farm programs, as it does every five years. The basic design of these income and price support programs has changed very little since they were first conceived during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a growing chorus of voices is calling for reform. Their common refrain is that the programs help those farmers who need it least, provide little or no help to the poorest farmers, make U.S. farm products uncompetitive in world markets and provide no lasting solution to the chronic problem of overproduction. While there is general agreement that current farm programs need some fixing, there is wide disagreement on what form the changes should take and how fast they should be made. Given such uncertainty, analysts expect a heated farm bill debate in 1995.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Dec. 02, 1994  Farm Policy
Aug. 05, 1994  Genetically Engineered Foods
Mar. 25, 1983  Farm Policy's New Course
Oct. 28, 1977  Farm Policy and Food Needs
Apr. 06, 1966  Reversal of Farm Policy
May 02, 1962  Milk Surpluses
Dec. 07, 1949  Brannan Plan
May 01, 1939  Agriculture Under the Trade Agreements
Sep. 20, 1937  Farm Legislation and the Ever-Normal Granary
Nov. 05, 1935  Potato Control Under the A.A.A.
Apr. 25, 1934  Stabilization of the Dairy Industry
Jan. 24, 1930  The Federal Farm Board
Sep. 24, 1928  Wheat Pools in Canada and the United States
Feb. 10, 1927  The McNary-Haugen Bill
Dec. 10, 1924  The President's Agricultural Conference
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