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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2008

At a Glance

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This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report. As always, it includes extensive statistical data on support to agriculture broken down by type of support and commodity, as well as Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet versions of tables and graphs.

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United States

There were no major policy changes in 2007. Programmes authorised under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 were extended to 2008. When enrolled, the 2008 Act will succeed the 2002 Act and will act as the legislative framework for agricultural policies over the next five years. Additional emergency payments for natural disasters were granted and re-enrolment of the Conservation Reserve Program contracts continued. New regional trade agreements were concluded and the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement regarding agricultural trade with Mexico were fully implemented.

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