Lecture on the economics and politics of U.S. ag policy set for Friday

James Dunn, professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology, will give a talk titled “The Economics and Politics of U.S. Agricultural Policy” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, in 215 Armsby Building.

Jim Dunn spent six months as a Congressional Fellow working in the U.S. Senate on the 1996 Farm Bill. He also has evaluated policies in Australia, Ireland and Poland. He will discuss the economics of common agricultural policies and their underlying politics. This includes relating a variety of experiences from closed door meetings with senators, lobbyists, constituents and others. The policies for peanuts, ethanol and dairy have all evolved in response to economic and political realities of their time. Despite representing about 1 percent of the workforce, commercial farmers have enormous political clout. The situation in Japan and the European Union is comparable -- a disproportionate influence on the shaping of policies relative to their numbers.

Last Updated September 09, 2009