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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Assessment and Comparison of Farm Safety Net Proposals

Ten Farm Bill proposals as of October 6, 2011 are examined for similarities and differences.  As a group, the proposals are a significant and important evolutionary improvement in the design of a risk management farm safety net, a step that began with the introduction of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) farm program. A potential exception is whether the program should be designed for farm-specific risks or for the systemic risks of a larger geographic area. A farm-specific program will raise serious concerns about its impact on the distribution and structure of farm production as well as its impact on the environment.  

Date published: 
Monday, October 24, 2011