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Agricultural crisis in America: a reference handbook by Dana L.;McEwan, B. Hoag

By Dana L.;McEwan, B. Hoag

In Agricultural obstacle in the USA, themes of significance to the power of America's farms are completely tested similar to the pollutants of groundwater, the lack of caliber farmland to city improvement, foodstuff security, flora and fauna influence, animal welfare, fiscal problems dealing with farmers this present day, executive coverage, and masses more.A wealth of tables, graphs, and different statistical details helps the textual content, so readers might objectively review the location.

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These exhibits provide far more information than can be discussed here. If you want to look further, Chapters 5, 6, and 7, respectively, list organizations, print resources, and nonprint resources that will lead you to more details about any of these crises. Finally, a glossary of terms is provided at the end of the book. Acknowledgments Thanks to my wife Laura and my three sons, Brian, Timothy, and Andy, for taking care of all the things at home that I neglected while working on this book. Thanks also to the following people who helped me gather and sort through mounds of informationBrian Hoag, Polly Grant, Jodie Walker, Miriam Hammer, and Elizabeth Garnerand to Louis Swanson and Andy Seidl for proofreading.

Our reverence for agriculture in the United States is most likely not driven by a fear that without farms we won't have food. Rather, it reflects an appreciation or love for life on the farm. If it was the food that people were concerned about, as opposed to the farmers that produce the food, we would not have supported small farmers Page 4 with our taxes and our hearts for as long as we have. About 15 percent of farmers can supply 85 percent of our food, yet society continues to support the majority of farmers who supply only 15 percent of our food.

Nevertheless, by the mid-1990s, just about everyone agreed that these massive federal supports were not in the best interest of anyone; even farmers agreed, since without the programs they were better able to respond to the market. What farmers did not expect at this time was a crash of the Asian market, a drop in all exports, bumper crop supplies, and very low prices. 5 billion in 1997). Low farm prices forced the government to enact emergency relief programs and kicked in a clause from the farm bill that provided deficiency payments to make up the difference between the market prices and preset prices.

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