ERIC Number: ED194247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Dialogue on the Structure of American Agriculture: Summary of Regional Meetings, November 27-December 18, 1979.
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
At the request of Secretary of Agriculture, Robert Bergland, 10 regional meetings were held in which 210 scheduled speakers and 365 unscheduled speakers commented on 12 broad areas of concern to American agriculture. These concerns were: landownership, control and tenancy; barriers to entering and leaving farming; production efficiency, size of farms, and the role of technology; Government programs; tax and credit policies; the farm input-supply system; the farm product-marketing system; present and future energy supplies; environmental concerns, including conservation and use of soil and water; returns to farmers; costs to consumers; and the quality of life in rural areas. Prior to the meetings, participants were given an explanation and discussion paper on the above concerns. At the meetings, Secretary Bergland focused the dialogue between himself, the panelists, and other speakers through a set of questions that drew on his personal concerns and his responsibilities as Secretary. The summaries included in this document reflect the issues, personal concerns, values, and beliefs presented by the public at each meeting. Separate sections are included on 2,500 mailed comments. These summaries are intended as a guide for interested persons to the concerns expressed in each region. (Author/AN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.