As members of Congress and their staff begin to craft the 2012 Farm Bill reauthorization, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) releases the result of original research by agricultural experts and economists on key sections of the Farm Bill. With billions of dollars at stake, this series of twelve papers commissioned by AEI examines how taxpayer money is spent, and how existing flawed programs can be reformed. Topics range from ethanol, crop insurance, disaster aid, sugar and dairy programs, agriculture R&D, to conservation and trade and the impact on the global poor.
Under the leadership of Vincent H. Smith — a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University who also serves as a consultant to the US Department of Agriculture — a wide-ranging group of agricultural experts will discuss their findings and policy solutions in Washington, DC during the week of July 12 to 15, 2011.
Topics of the papers, details about the authors, and the location and time for each discussion are available by clicking on the links below. Some events will be live streamed, videos of all events will be available on the AEI website.