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When delivering educational programs for commercial farmers, public policy educators should include some major points related to upcoming deliberations on the 1995 farm bill. This paper provides background material for public policy educators on the following questions. When do farm program benefits become so low that farmers decide not to participate? What is an effective response to economists that advocate free market alternatives to the farm program? How does the implementation of the Uruguay Round Agreement (URA) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) affect the 1995 farm bill? What are points of conflict and areas of agreement between farmers and environmentalists in the 1995 farm bill deliberations? What bases exist for developing the coalition required to enact the 1995 farm bill? The case for farm programs is as strong as it has been in the past. However, with fewer farmers, that case must be made more clearly, more convincingly, and with a realization of the need for coalition building and political compromise. (Author/JAT)

Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Production, Economic Impact, Extension Education, Farmers, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Policy Formation, Politics, Public Affairs Education, Public Policy, Rural Economics

Author: Knutson, Ronald D.


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