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Agricultural Policy Working Group records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0503

Scope and Content

This collection (1987-1988) contains papers, reports, an article and news releases. The papers and reports by the Agricultural Policy Working Group address issues concerning farming in 1987 and 1988, such as budget reductions and decoupling (decoupling would separate the amount of farm payments from production quantities). Also included in this collection are two news releases about the projected budget changes and the decoupling proposal, a cover letter outlining the changes that would be brought about by budget reductions, and a news article about the support that farmers were giving the decoupling proposal.


  • 1987-1988

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Agricultural Policy Working Group was formed in December 1986 to defeat mandatory supply controls and to promote farm policies which the group believed would enhance agricultural and rural economies. Corporate members of the working group included Cargill, Central Soya Company, Continental Grain Company, International Minerals and Chemical Corporation, Monsanto, Nabisco, and Pillsbury. The group worked to defeat a 1987 bill, often referred to as the Save the Family Farm Act, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat, Iowa) and Representative Richard Gephardt (Democrat, Missouri) which would have placed controls on crop production. Agribusinesses argued that the bill would lead to higher food prices and critically reduce U.S. exports. The bill was eventually defeated.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 half-document box)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0503. Agricultural Policy Working Group records, 1987-1988
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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