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What Role Should the Government Play in Agriculture?

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What role should the government play in agriculture?

February 1, 2015  

               The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise has published its first paper in our working paper series, The Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, written by Jayson Lusk. Lusk is an Institute Fellow, Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and also serves as the Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.

               The paper discusses the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by documenting the changes that have occurred over time to U.S. agriculture in general and to the USDA in particular before discussing the current make-up and activities of the agency. The paper then reviews the academic research on the effects of selected USDA policies on agricultural producers and food consumers.

            Lusk is a prolific research whose works have been published in many national news organizations such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His book, The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate, breaks down the agricultural industry and government intervention.

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