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Warm-Season Grasses, Agronomy Monograph 45
A review of warm season and tropical grasses that covers
all the major genera
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What Do We Know about USDA’s Effectiveness in Improving
the Viability of Small Farms?
This study focused on 19 programs housed within seven agencies
or offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The programs
provide support for conservation, product and market development,
farmland preservation, general farm operations, and other efforts.
Sixteen of the 19 programs either explicitly or more ambiguously
intend to assist small farms through grants for research and other
services, direct payments, loans, or technical and information
assistance. Only two of the programs, the Conservation Reserve
Program and the Direct and Guaranteed Operating and Ownership
Loans program, have been formally evaluated as to the extent of
support given to small farms. Both are administered by the Farm
Service Agency. No evaluations have actually measured the effectiveness
of these programs in fulfilling the objective of enhancing small
farm viability. For more information, contact the Henry A. Wallace
Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy, Winrock International,
1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22209; telephone
703-525-9430 ext. 675; firstname.lastname@example.org.