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The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Agriculture and Farm Policy

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  • Dimitri, Carolyn
  • Effland, Anne
  • Conklin, Neilson C.

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The structure of farms, farm households, and the rural communities in which they exist has evolved markedly over the last century. Historical data on a range of farm structure variables—including the value of agricultural production, commodity specialization, farming-dependent counties, and off-farm work—offer a perspective on the long-term forces that have helped shape the structure of agriculture and rural life over the past century. These forces include productivity growth, the increasing importance of national and global markets, and the rising influence of consumers on agricultural production. Within this long-term context of structural change, a review of some key developments in farm policy considers the extent to which farm policy design has or has not kept pace with the continuing transformation of American agriculture.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Information Bulletin with number 59390.

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Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:59390

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Keywords: farm policy; farm structure; policy adjustment; structural adjustment; mechanization; productivity growth; global markets; consumer stakeholders; price and income support; farm policy history; Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management;

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  1. Daniel A. Sumner, 2014. "American Farms Keep Growing: Size, Productivity, and Policy," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 28(1), pages 147-66, Winter.
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    [Agricultural Protectionism, Its Measurement and Turkey]
    ," MPRA Paper 35083, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Freshwater, David & Jette-Nantel, Simon, 2011. "Risk Management and the Role of Off-farm Income," Staff Papers 120184, University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics.
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  8. White, T. Kirk & Hoppe, Robert A., 2012. "Changing Farm Structure and the Distribution of Farm Payments and Federal Crop Insurance," Economic Information Bulletin 120309, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  9. Coleman, Jane A. & Shaik, Saleem, 2009. "Time-Varying Estimation of Crop Insurance Program in Altering North Dakota Farm Economic Structure," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49516, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  10. Shuaizhang Feng & Michael Oppenheimer & Wolfram Schlenker, 2012. "Climate Change, Crop Yields, and Internal Migration in the United States," NBER Working Papers 17734, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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