This paper covers an array of topics, but deals with none of them in great depth. We attempt to review the historical background to current programs, highlight the main features of important commodity programs and discuss some of their implications. We then turn to suggested rationales for the programs and discuss the correspondence of those rationales with the current facts of American agriculture and actual commodity program structure and impacts. Finally, we consider forces likely to affect the 2007 Farm Bill.
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