A Safety Net for Farm Households
Craig Gundersen, Mitchell Morehart, Leslie Whitener, Linda Ghelfi, James Johnson, Kathleen Kassel, Betsey Kuhn, Ashok Mishra, Susan Offutt, and Laura Tiehen
Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER788) 44 pp,
Discussions in the public arena have raised fundamental questions about the ultimate goals of farm policy and the need for establishing a safety net for farm households. This report examines four scenarios for government assistance to agriculture based on the concept of ensuring some minimum standard of living. Lower income farmers would benefit relatively more from the safety net scenarios, while farmers producing selected commodities benefit relatively more from current farm programs. Farm households in the Northern Crescent, the Eastern Uplands, the Southern Seaboard, and the Fruitful Rim all would generally receive a higher level and a greater proportion of benefits than under current
programs. A clear understanding of objectives and intended beneficiaries must be the starting point for discussions of future farm policy.
Keywords: safety net, poverty, assistance programs, farm policy, farm households
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- Frontmatter (Title page, Contents, Summary), 9 Kb
- Introduction, 6 Kb
- What Is a Safety Net?, 16 Kb
- Heterogeneity of the Farm Sector, 708 Kb
- Analysis of Alternative Safety Net Measures, 40 Kb
- Comparison with Current Farm Programs, 21 Kb
- Conclusions, 4 Kb
- References, 9 Kb
- Appendicies, 36 Kb
- Entire Report, 806 Kb
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Updated date: October 1, 2000