THE emergency feed grain program was initiated nationally in 1961 to help
reduce production of feed grains, decrease quantities of Government stored
grains, increase farm income, and promote long range conservation of resqurces.
The program specifically provided for payments to farmers who voluntarily
reduced acreage of corn and/or grain sorghums. Minimum diversion was 20
percent and maximum diversion 40 percent of the average acreage of the crops
grown in the base years of 1959 and 1960. In 1962 barley was added· to the
list of feed grains eligible for the program and participants were again eligible
for price supports for qualified feed grains. Nonparticipants could produce
feed grains on as many acres as they desired; however, any corn marketed by
them was subject to the open market forces of supply and demand and resultant
WHAT characteristics distinguished those farmers participating in the 1961
Feed Grain Program from nonparticipants? Why did some farmers participate
and others not? How would selective changes in the program affect
participation rates? What attitudes do farmers have toward the feed grain
program and alternative farm price policies?
To find the answers to these and related questions a survey was made of
farmers in two areas of southern Minnesota. Data were provided by 304 farm
operators in 16 Minnesota counties and the Agricultural Stabilization ( ASCS)
office in each of these counties. A summary of the findings appears on the next
App, James L.; Sundquist, W. B..
The Feed Grain Program in Minnesota.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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