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The Big Wheel of Trade

June 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com he U.S. government's trade effort is organized like a wheel, says a high-ranking civil servant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). USTR is at the center. The State, Treasury, Commerce and Agriculture departments, along with an ever-growing list of other federal departments, are spokes. And three...

Trade Tangle

June 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com ast year, when Peter Scher left his job as chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor to become the first U.S. special trade negotiator for agriculture, his friends at Commerce got together to buy him a pitchfork to wield in his new job. "When the Europeans came in,...

Gathering Storm

January 1, 1998 jhagstrom@njdc.com hile he waits for about 100 farmers to file into the Abilene, Texas, civic center one bright October morning, Parks Shackelford, the assistant deputy administrator for farm programs at the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency is, he admits, "itchy." Shackelford knows that many of the people in the room...

Futures Past

October 1, 1997 jhagstrom@njdc.com utures and options trading in the United States began in the mid-1800s, when the industrial revolution and new technology transformed subsistence farming into national businesses involving commodity production, storage, transportation and food processing. The Chicago Board of Trade was founded by 82 merchants in 1848 as a nonprofit centralized...

Commodity Clash

October 1, 1997 jhagstrom@njdc.com rooksley Born, chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), looked grim when she arrived at a Feb. 11 Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on deregulation of the nation's commodity exchanges. The pain on her face grew as she heard Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and the two...

Food Stamp Fund Fight Brews

September 23, 1997 Major battles appear to be breaking out in both the House and Senate over whether food stamp administrative reimbursements to states will be capped in order to fund child welfare, agricultural research, crop insurance commissions, or none of the above. For years, states have classified each welfare, food stamp and...

Tracing the Roots of Crop Insurance

August 1, 1997 enjamin Franklin may have been the first American to promote the idea. On Oct. 24, 1788, after hearing a severe storm destroyed crops in a large part of the French countryside, Franklin wrote that it "must have been a terrible tempest that devastated such an extent of country. I have...

Sharing the Risk

August 1, 1997 hen a group of agricultural lobbyists put on an inaugural party known as the "farm prom" Jan. 20, the most popular man in the ballroom seemed to be Kenneth D. Ackerman, President Clinton's appointee as administrator of the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency. But this being Washington, Ackerman's flesh was...

USDA Considers Consolidation

June 24, 1997 Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is considering an "administrative convergence" of the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the divisions that handle rural development aid, congressional sources and farm lobbyists told CongressDaily. The plan is Glickman's answer to simultaneous budgetary pressures from Congress and the Office...

The Last Plantation

May 1, 1997 ast Dec. 12, Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House looked like a scene out of the 1960s: A group of African-American farmers marched, protesting that they were being forced off their land and becoming an "endangered species" because the Agriculture Department had discriminated against them in its farm...