Policy Analysis No. 30

Tedious Fraud: Reagan’s Farm Policy and the Politics of Agricultural Marketing Orders

By Michael McMenamin
December 6, 1983

Executive Summary

U.S. farm policy is a boring subject. Expensive — increasingly so — but boring nonetheless. The only people who find it even mildly interesting are those whose livelihoods directly depend upon it — farm-state politicians, bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and farmers — particularly those who have large farms.

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Michael McMenamin, a contributing editor of Inquiry, is the coauthor (with Walter McNamara) ofMilking the Public: Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980). He is a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Walter, Haverfield, Buescher & Chockley.