American Agriculture Movement records
Scope and Content
The collection (1978-2011, undated) includes a calendar, newsletters, press releases, correspondence, and news clippings. It also contains documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and related correspondence of Des Moines Register reporter Thomas Knudson. The "American Agriculture Movement Historical Calendar" (1981) contains a brief history of the AAM as well as photographs and notes about significant events in AAM history.
- 1978-2011, undated
- American Agriculture Movement (Organization)
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The American Agriculture Movement (AAM) was formed in 1977 in response to Congressional legislation entailing four years of farm prices below the cost of production. In many states, farmers organized protests, strikes, pickets, boycotts, and marches on state capitols and on Washington, D.C. (1977-1979). In February 1979, thousands of farmers converged on Washington, D.C., in a tractorcade organized by AAM. Following this event, the AAM established a Washington office to bring farmers' voices to Congress and the Administration.
The goals of the AAM are:
1. 100% Parity for all domestic and foreign used and/or consumer agriculture products.
2. All agricultural products produced for national or international food reserve shall be contracted at 100% parity.
3. Creation of an entity or structure composed of agriculture producers to advise and approve policies that affect agriculture.
4. Imports of agriculture products which are domestically produced must be stopped until 100% parity is reached. Thereafter, imports must be limited to the amount that the American producers cannot supply.
5. All announcements pertaining to any agricultural producing cycle shall be made far enough in advance that the producer will have adequate time to make needed adjustments in his operation.
(AAM homepage, http://www.aaminc.org/ )
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Organization formed in 1977 in response to Congressional legislation entailing four years of farm prices below the cost of production. In many states, farmers organized protests, strikes, pickets, boycotts, and marches on state capitols and on Washington, D.C. (1977-1979). Collection includes a historical calendar, newsletters, press releases, correspondence, and news clippings.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Agriculture and state--United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Agriculture--United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- American Agriculture Movement
- Farmers--United States--Economic conditions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- MS-0463. American Agriculture Movement records, 1978-2011, undated
- January 11, 2019
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