Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-530) 260 pp

July 1985

Agricultural-Food Policy Review: Commodity Program Perspectives

This review prepared for 1985 farm legislation provides an historical overview of U.S. farm policies, an evaluation of the performance of current commodity programs, a description of the general economic setting in which the legislation will operate, and a discussion of possible alternative policy tools and concepts. Particular focus is given to the purpose of commodity programs and an economic assessment of their performance.

Keywords: 1981 Farm Act, 1985 Farm Act, commodity programs, farm policy

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