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Protecting the Backbone of the U.S. Food Supply

How the Government Can Play a Role in Helping Farmers

MILWAUKEE, July 16, 2015 - Farmers are critical when it comes to not only providing the food we eat, but how much we pay at the grocery store.

Right now, mostly due to the state of the economy, farmers are in an extremely volatile position. It can be like riding a roller coaster with their family’s budget.

So how can the government help these farmers and the country’s main source for food? That’s the focus of a study by Daniel Prager of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS).

“The benefits of farming are huge but there are also risks,” Prager said. “Well-conceived government programming can mitigate these risks and make farming more attractive.”

How is the 2014 Farm Bill helping? Why are the next few years so important for this vital industry? The research will be presented July 28th during the 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.


Contact: Allison Scheetz
Senior Communications Manager
(414) 918-3190