We are pleased to launch Policy Briefs by the Purdue Agricultural Economics Department.  We aim to provide short insights, readable for the general public, on policy issues that are national in scope with an Indiana flare. We were initially motivated by the need to provide timely analysis in the lead up to 2018 Farm Bill discussions. However, the breadth of expertise in our department and the ongoing policy discussions related to farm, food, environment, trade, and development issues warrants a longer view and broader scope. The plan is to add new briefs on a monthly basis, although we may add more frequent contributions when more timely information is needed.  We hope to enrich policy debates by providing data and context, quantifying impacts, and offering alternatives.  

Author: Roman Keeney 
Issue Number: PAEPB-2018_2
Date: March 8, 2018
Tags: Farm Bill; Nutrition; Commodity Support; Federal Budget
Abstract: This brief uses the occasion of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget to review the role of presidential administrations in Farm Bill deliberations. We look at specific proposals offered in the new budget document and identify how those might be interpreted in comparison to previous published budget documents.

Author: Roman Keeney 
Issue Number: PAEPB-2018_1
Date: March 8, 2018
Tags: Farm Bill; Nutrition; Commodity Support; Federal Budget
Abstract: This brief is intended to provide an overview of the Farm Bill process including the key issues of scope and timing. Growth in the federal deficit along with the broad scope and time sensitive nature of Farm Bill expiration make for an uncertain future for farm programs and other included measures.

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