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Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

May 2007

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AmberWaves May 2007 Special Issue > Features

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COMMODITY PROGRAMS AND POLICY

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Revenue insurance may do a better job of stabilizing farm income and may protect more farms than other risk management tools.

 
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A recent WTO ruling may result in the elimination of planting restrictions on certain crops, a long-time feature of U.S. commodity programs.


CONSERVATION

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Environmental Credit Trading: Can Farming Benefit?

by Marc Ribaudo, Robert Johansson, and Carol Jones

Environmental credit trading is a market-based approach to complying with environmental regulations that could achieve pollution abatement goals at lower costs to society.


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Emphasis Shifts in U.S. Conservation Policy

by Roger Claassen

To address the negative impacts and enhance the positive outcomes that some farming practices can have on natural resources, policymakers have both increased conservation program funding and shifted its emphasis.


FOOD AND NUTRITION

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Food Assistance: How Strong Is the Safety Net?

by Michael LeBlanc, Biing-Hwan Lin,
and David Smallwood

Food assistance programs increase food spending and combat poverty, but their effect on nutrition is more uncertain.


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Improving Food Choices—Can Food Stamps Do More?

by Joanne F. Guthrie, Elizabeth Frazão, Margaret Andrews, and David Smallwood

An expanded focus on nutrition may steer food stamp participants to better diets.

 

RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENERGY

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No longer tied closely to farm policies, rural economies in the 21st century will be shaped demographic change, industrial restructuring, and national economic trends.

 
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Ethanol Reshapes the Corn Market

by Allen Baker and Steven Zahniser

The expanding U.S. ethanol sector is stimulating demand for corn, but alternatives to corn may dampen that demand.