Title

An Analysis of Farmers' Agricultural Policy Preferences

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

1989

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Volume

71

Issue

4

First Page or Article ID Number

837

Last Page

846

DOI

10.2307/1242661

Abstract

This paper analyzes farmers' attitudes toward competing agricultural policies. The empirical work utilizes data on Iowa farmers' opinions of four policies: continuing the current program, targeting benefits to fiscally stressed farmers, mandatory controls, and decoupling. The results show that a farmer's financial situation, size and type of operation, education, and farm experience significantly influence his opinions. Attitudes toward mandatory controls and targeting are most sensitive, and attitudes toward continuation of the current program are least sensitive to changes in economic characteristics. Strong identifiable camps of both support and opposition are found for each policy except the current program.

Comments

This is a staff paper of an article from American Journal of Agricultural Economics 71 (1989): 837, doi: 10.2307/1242661.