The How and Why of Agricultural Policy

Our agricultural programs were intended to move cash to rural areas during the Great Depression. Today, our programs make large income transfers to farmers. The rationale for this is unarticulated. Our programs could be more closely tied to the basic rationale for government’s involvement in agriculture.

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About the Author
Otto C. Doering III is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. His responsibilities include teaching, research and adult education on issues of agriculture and natural resources. He has worked in Washington on a number of farm bills, led national environmental studies and served on his state’s Commission for Higher Education.