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Government and Agriculture: Views of Agribusiness and Farm Operators concerning Selected Issues of the 1985 Farm Bill Debate

Carl R. Zulauf, Harold D. Guither and Dennis R. Henderson
North Central Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan., 1987), pp. 85-97
DOI: 10.2307/1349344
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1349344
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Government and Agriculture: Views of Agribusiness and Farm Operators concerning Selected Issues of the 1985 Farm Bill Debate
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Abstract

Illinois and Ohio farm and agribusiness operators were surveyed about farm policy issues during March 1984. Agribusiness operators expressed significantly less support for deficiency payments, acreage diversion payments, farmer-owned reserve, and payment-in-kind. On numerous issues, however, the two groups exhibited general agreement. Farmers with sales over $200,000 expressed significantly more support than operators of smaller farms for existing programs. Economic self-interest appears to partially explain differences that exist among and between farm and agribusiness operators. "Food Security Act of 1985" provisions more closely reflect views of farmers who operate medium/large than small/medium farms.

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