Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its federal agricultural policy.

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"In a broad sense, agricultural policy is what regulates and supports agriculture."

"Agricultural policy is very complex, it includes environmental protection and wage support measures, among other things."

"Conservation constitutes a broadening of the focus of agricultural policy."

"The removal of subsidies and price supports would not have a major net effect on the economy or agricultural production. It would likely have a significant impact on distribution, however."

"The Farm Bill includes, with a few exceptions, the entirety of agricultural policy."

"Food safety is not in the Farm Bill, except for some research titles."

"Food stamps are not part of agricultural policy."

Statements extracted from a MCPP phone interview with Dr. Julie A. Caswell, professor with the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts, and member of the executive board of the American Agricultural Economics Association. The interview was conducted in the morning of July 10, 2001.

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