Presentation prepared for the Conference on Growing Forward in a Volatile Environment January, 2012, Ottawa.

Outline of presentation:

  1. Some useful principles about variability and the role of government in agriculture
  2. Trends in variability of production, prices, and revenue for major commodities
  3. Current U.S. farm “safety net” programs
  4. Trends in overall costs and participation rates for insurance in the U.S.
  5. Recent U.S. policy proposals to deal with variability
  6. Final Remarks


See PDF presentation here: Regulatory and Subsidy Responses to Variability in North American Agriculture