Agricultural Policy in the United States

1969 WordsFeb 17, 20188 Pages
The beginning of agricultural policy in the United States situated around developmental policy until the great depression. The impact of the Great Depression led to farmers losing money, and the United States Government to begin passing laws to distribute subsidies to farmers. Government subsidies and tax policies have both helpful and harmful impacts to the environment. The government has regulated farming in the United States to domestically have little international competition through laws enacted after the Great Depression. More recent laws have manipulated farming to become more than a means of self-sustenance, but a corporate capital-oriented industry. The impact of federal policy in agriculture on the environment has ultimately benefited large scale agribusinesses at the cost to taxpayers, small farmers, and the environment. The federal government offers a wide range of aid to farmers, including: price supports and price floor programs; crop insurance against both lost crops and lower than expected prices; government purchases of excess food stocks; and promotion of domestic crops through international trade agreements. The United States was forced to develop agriculture price and income support policies after the end of World War I due to the closing of major international export markets. The passing of laws of agricultural subsidies, a price aid to farmers grew from the farm income and financial crises. Agricultural subsidies are justified as necessary to
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