In 1985, the U.S. Congress confronted the difficult and complex task of developing a 5-year omnibus legislation allowing for lower commodity prices. But, policies predicated on the concept of agriculture as a unique sector of the economy became less and less appropriate to the highly interdependent, open agricultural economy throughout the 1980s. First published in 1985, this collection of 16 papers and related discussions contained in these proceedings is an important contribution toward understanding the issues, options, and dilemmas in U.S. agricultural policy. This is an ideal title for students interested in environmental studies, agriculture, and national policy.
1.Summary and Conclusions; Part I: Historical Perspective; 2. The Performance of Past Policies: A Critique 3. Future Agricultural Policy: A Challenge for All; 2 and 3: Discussion; Part II: Alternative Policy Proposals; 4. Policy Options for Grains 5. Uncertain Economic Environments and Conditional Policies; 4 and 5: Discussion; 6. A 10-Point Policy Agenda for Food and Agricultural Sector of the united States 7. Review and Assessment of Alternative Agricultural Policy Proposals; Part III: Individual Commodity Policy Options; 8. Cotton 9. Tobacco and Peanuts 10. The U.S. Sugar Program and Its Effects 11. Dairy 12. Linkages to the Livestock Sector Part IV: Consistencies, Inconsistencies, and Other Views on Commodity Policies: A Review and Critique of Preceding Papers; Part V: Additional Dimensions of Food and Agricultural Policies; 13. Structural Dimensions of Agricultural Policies; Discussion; 14. Trade and Macroeconomic Dimensions of Agricultural Policies; Discussion; 15. Resource Dimensions of Agricultural Policy; Discussion; 16. Food and Consumer Dimensions of Agricultural Policy; Discussion; References; Part VI: A General Reaction to the Evaluation of Alternative Proposals
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