A Purdue University agricultural economist is producing a series of publications to help farmers, policymakers and taxpayers better understand changing U.S. agricultural policy and develop informed opinions about them.
The Purdue Extension free publications under the series title of "APEX," an acronym for Ag Policy Explained, will delve into public policy issues and how they affect the agricultural economy.
"Readers want to know the system and mechanisms, but they are turning to Extension to find an explanation for how it all works together so that they cannot only be better managers of resources but also become better informed students of agricultural policy," said Roman Keeney, who is leading the project, including as an author.
The first publication, The End of the Direct Payment Era in U.S. Farm Policy, explains why to farmers likely will end with enactment of a new five-year farm bill and how the elimination might affect the agricultural economy as other support programs are created.
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Initial topics of the other publications also will focus on farm bill issues, including agricultural risk and policy, farm bill budget and baseline, farm bill eligibility and payment limits. The series later will cover other policy topics of importance to agriculture such as immigration, renewable fuels, animal welfare and local issues.
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