This book provides the reader with a perspective on past trends and the current financial situation in agriculture. It points out the controversies in farm credit and tax policies, and describes a framework that can be used in analyzing the costs and benefits of different policy prescriptions.
1. Introduction 2. A Financial Analysis of the Farm Sector: Sector Trends 3. A Financial Analysis of the Farm Sector: Distributional Characteristics and Nonfarm Comparisons 4. The Capital Markets for Farm Firms 5. Projecting Financial Conditions in the Farm Sector 6. Current and Future Issues in Agricultural Capital Markets 7. Farm Financial Policy 8. Tax Policy in Agriculture 9. Farm Level Effects of Policy Options and Economic Conditions 10. Summary and Conclusions