Agricultural Reform in the United States

Agricultural Reform in the United States

Agricultural Reform in the United States

Agricultural Reform in the United States

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The purpose of this book is to discuss the issues of agricultural reform as they are likely to come before the people of the United States in the next ten years. The data and facts which it presents are brought up to the minute; but they also reach back and furnish a basis for discerning the trends of the next decade. It is a study of agricultural policy in the middle distance--not as of the present moment merely, and not in the long run.

There will undoubtedly be some form of national agricultural legislation in the near future, probably before this book comes from the press. But at the very best it will be only a beginning. National legislation can cover only a part of the program of reform. The facts and analyses here presented, if they are well considered and intelligibly stated, should be useful far beyond the present moment, and far outside the confines of our national capital. The author would like his book to be looked upon as a timely contribution to the solution of fundamental problems of national agricultural policy, the field of his most vital interests.

It would not have been possible to have brought this body of material together in such short space of time without the cordial assistance of a large number of workers in the field. All were anxious to contribute what they could to a better understanding of the problems of agriculture. Equally necessary was it to draw freely upon many valuable articles, papers and bulletins published by fellow agricultural economists. The indebtedness of any one who writes in this field to the splendid group of workers in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, surpasses the possibilities of any accepted form of author's acknowledgment. The authorship of many sections of the book is of a joint nature, and is so acknowledged wherever possible in chapter footnotes. Mr. Henry I. Richards, formerly of the United States Bureau of Agricultural Economics, worked side-by-side with the author from the beginning to the end. Mr. Chester C. Davis, of . . .

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