The changing role of government as a policy buffer, social protector, and industry advocate is presented. The political implications of shrinking farm numbers and increasing commercial farm production values and the need for political coalitions are discussed. Policies protecting against risk and uncertainty are reviewed, ranging from consumer fears about food and water safety to market orders, crop and income insurance, and tax strategy.
Primary contributions include: H.D. Guither, J.P. Marshall, and P.W. Barkley, “Policies and Programs to Ease the Transition of Resources Out of Agriculture” (Texas A&M’s Financial Crisis Project); D. Padberg, “Project 1995” materials; B.L. Flinchbaugh and M.A. Edelman, “The Changing Policies of the Farm and Food System” (ECOP/MSU); C.R. Burbee and C.S. Kramer, “Food Safety Issues for the Eighties: Their Implications for Agriculture” (ECOP/MSU); J.R. Skees, “The Changing Role of Government in the Farm and Food System” (ECOP/MSU); D. Trechter, “The Potential Role of Insurance in U.S. Agricultural Policy” (ECOP/MSU); W.J. Armbruster and E.V. Jesse, “Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Orders” (ECOP/MSU); L. Tweeten, “Food for People and Profit: Ethics and Capitalism” (ECOP/MSU); H. Breimyer, “Food for People and Profit: An Alternative Interpretation” (ECOP/MSU); and W.D. Rasmussen and R.J. Hildreth, “The USDA-Land Grant University System in Transition” (ECOP/MSU).
KeywordsReal Interest Rate Food Stamp Farm Income Market Order Crop Insurance
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