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Food and the Mid-Level FarmRenewing an Agriculture of the Middle$
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Thomas A. Lyson, G. W. Stevenson, and Rick Welsh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122993

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.001.0001

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Toward a Pro-Middle Farm Policy: What Will It Take to Ensure a Promising Future for Family Farming?

Toward a Pro-Middle Farm Policy: What Will It Take to Ensure a Promising Future for Family Farming?

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(p.147) 8 Toward a Pro-Middle Farm Policy: What Will It Take to Ensure a Promising Future for Family Farming?
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Food and the Mid-Level Farm
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Daryll E. Ray

Harwood D. Schaffer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.003.0008

This chapter, which focuses on the importance of introducing public and private policies in encouraging family farming of small-to-midsize farms in the United States, presents the importance of maintaining a balance between agricultural production and a demand for producers through supply management and storage programs. The identification of a product that is different from those developed by large operators is one of the main tasks for small-size farmers. The chapter discusses the importance of guarding against overproduction of the differentiated products by small-to-midsize farmers, resulting in a decrease in price. It also discusses the importance of developing public policies that would help producers to coordinate the different processes of production and the marketing of the product.

Keywords:   public policies, private policies, family farming, supply management, storage programs, differentiated products

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