ERIC Number: ED324161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Perspectives on the Structure of American Agriculture. Volume II: Federal Farm Policies--Their Effects on Low-Income Farmers and Rural Communities.
Coughlin, Kenneth M., Ed.
Agriculture and farming are the economic context for rural education. This is the second of two volumes of papers describing the impact of national agricultural policy on the poor. The nine articles in this volume (shot-titled below) analyze federal policy from the standpoint of the low-income farmer: (1) "Agricultural Price Supports," prepared by the Center for Rural Affairs, examines the effects of federal price supports on small farmers; (2) "A Case for Non-Support," by E. Phillip LeVeen, describes how federal commodity-program benefits are skewed against small farmers and how price supports encourage concentration of farming resources; (3) "Who Gets the Credit?" by Michael Schaaf and Thomas Dowling, describes how commercial and federal farm-credit programs favor larger, conventional producers; (4) "FmHA's Limited Resource Loan Program," by the Center for Rural Affairs, explains a low-income farm loan program funded by the 1978 Agricultural Credit Act; (5) "Small Is Renewable: The Impact of Energy Policy on Farm Structure," by Roger Blobaum, describes different alternative energy programs supported by federal funds. Many of these programs target larger operations, but there is also federal support for projects appropriate to small farms; (6) "Selling the Small Farmer Short," by Allen Thompson describes current agricultural marketing systems and examines the potential for direct marketing by low-income farmers; (7) "Science in Whose Interest?" by Heather Tischbein, examines the benefits to agribusinesses of federally funded agricultural research; (8)"'From Seedling to Supermarket,'" by Al Krebs, discusses vertical integration in the food industry and the encroachment of corporate farming; (9) "The Hidden Link," by Peggy Borgers, shows how structural changes in agriculture affect nonfarm rural residents. (TES)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Community Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.