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  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2002 by John E. Frydenlund Farm Policy: An Agenda for Reform

    Now that the U.S. Senate has passed its version of the farm bill, House and Senate conferees will soon begin meeting to resolve relatively minor differences between the two versions. Both the House and Senate bills represent a dramatic departure from the "freedom to farm" concept that was incorporated in the 1996 farm bill,1 and both bills signal a return to federal…

  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2002 by John E. Frydenlund The Erosion of Freedom to Farm

    As the House and Senate meet in conference to determine the final shape of the farm bill, a benchmark for measuring the value of the proposed legislation can be found in the farm bill of 1996. A survey of the trends in agriculture before the passage of the 1996 legislation, the impact of the bill, and the effects of moving away from its basic tenets reveals the…

  • Backgrounder posted November 26, 2001 by Brian M. Riedl, John E. Frydenlund At the Federal Trough: Farm Subsidies for the Rich and Famous

    When Congress adopted the fiscal year 2002 budget resolution on May 10, it included an additional $73 billion for agricultural spending on top of the $95 billion base approved over the next 10 years, including an historic 65 percent increase in farm subsidies. Many policymakers believed these increases would be affordable in the era of huge budget surpluses. By September,…

  • Lecture posted July 30, 1999 by Kevin McNew, John E. Frydenlund Bleak Harvest: Will Congress Renege on 1996 "Freedom to Farm" Reforms?

    WHY THE FREE MARKET, NOT GOVERNMENT MANDATES, IS BETTER FOR FARMERS Kevin McNew For some 60 years, U.S. farm policy has attempted to provide income stability and support to U.S. farmers. Price supports and supply controls have been a mainstay of farm policies for the better part of this century. Although many justifications have been given for why…

  • FYI posted April 30, 1996 by John E. Frydenlund, David H. Winston What the New Farm Bill Will Mean to State Economies and Farmers

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 98 April 30,1996 WHAT THE NEW FARM BILL WILL MEAN TO STATE ECONOMIES AND FARMERS By John E. Frydenlund Director, Agriculture Policy Project and David H. Winston Senior Fellow in Statistical Policy Analysis The agriculture legislation recently enacted by Congress and signed into law (P.L. 104-127) by President Clinton marks…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 26, 1996 by John E. Frydenlund How The Proposed Dairy "Reform" Will Impose Heavy Costs onAmericans

    The House of Representatives is scheduled this week to consider H.R. 2854, the Agricultural Market Transition Act, as part of the reauthorization of the nation's farm programs. In several respects, the legislation is similar to the "Freedom to Farm" provisions included in the Balanced Budget Act, in that H.R. 2854 would lead to significant and valuable reforms…

  • Issue Bulletin posted September 26, 1995 by John E. Frydenlund Reform the Sugar, Peanut, and Dairy Programs

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 216 September 26, 1995 REFORM THE SUGAR, PEANUT, AND DAIRY PROGRAMS INTRODUCTION Aspart of congressional budget reconciliation, the House Agriculture Committee considered the Freedom to Farm Act (H.R. 2195) on September 20. This legislation, sponsored by Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), would significantly change the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted June 16, 1995 by John E. Frydenlund Why Budget Debate Must Not Sideline Agricultural Reform

    Conferees are working now to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY 1996 budget resolution (H.Con.Res. 67). One area they need to address more boldly is agriculture. Decisions made during the budget process about funding for U.S. agriculture programs will have an impact far beyond budget deficit considerations. It may be politically…

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