A Brief History of U.S. Agricultural Policy and the Farm Bill

Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, Forthcoming

Posted: 23 Nov 2013

See all articles by William S. Eubanks

William S. Eubanks

Eubanks & Associates, PLLC; Vermont Law School

Date Written: May 28, 2013


This textbook chapter kicks off the groundbreaking Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, in which leading environmental legal scholars Mary Jane Angelo, Jason Czarnezki, and Bill Eubanks, along with five distinguished contributing authors, undertake an exploration of the challenging political and societal issues facing agricultural policy and modern food systems through the lens of environmental protection laws. It is the first book to examine both the impact of agricultural policy on the environment and the influence of environmental law on food and agriculture.

The focus of this chapter is the historical shift in the purposes and missions underlying our farm policy over the past century, and the implications of that transition for farmers, consumers, and the federal government in terms of food availability, nutrition, rural development, and conservation.

The copyright is held by the Environmental Law Institute/Thomson Reuters and may be purchased on their website.

Keywords: Agricultural policy, farm policy, food policy, environmental policy, conservation, rural development, Farm Bill, agroeconomics, nutrition, New Deal, subsidies, direct payments, commodity markets

Suggested Citation

Eubanks, William S., A Brief History of U.S. Agricultural Policy and the Farm Bill (May 28, 2013). Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2358276

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