Why Congress Should Consider a New Direction for U.S. Agriculture Policy
Featuring Rep. Jeff Flake, (R-AZ) and Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
In 1996 Congress passed the Freedom to Farm Act, which put our country on a new path toward fewer subsidies and less reliance on market-distorting price support programs. In 2002 Congress abruptly and dramatically shifted course in the wrong direction with the enactment of the 2002 farm bill. This legislation formalized the significantly increased "emergency" spending of the previous two years with a massive expansion of the cost and scope of agriculture programs. As Congress prepares to craft a new farm bill in 2007, Rep. Jeff Flake and Sallie James discuss why it is time to overhaul U.S. agriculture policy once again- The Cato Institute
Congressman Jeff Flake
Jeffry "Jeff" Flake (born December 31, 1962), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 2001, representing Arizona's 6th congressional district.
He was born in Snowflake, Arizona (named in part for his great-great-grandfather, William J. Flake), was educated at Brigham Young University and was a Mormon missionary. He served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia and Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute before entering the House.
Sallie James is a policy analyst with Cato's Center for Trade Policy Studies. James writes and speaks on a variety of trade topics, with a research emphasis on the subject of agricultural trade policy.
Before joining Cato in 2006, James was an executive officer in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to that she was a Senior Policy Adviser in the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. She held numerous research and teaching assistant positions while studying.
Her articles have been published in the Washington Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the European Review of Agricultural Economics. James has appeared on BBC World, CNBC and Australian ABC's Behind the News.
James received her Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics degrees from the University of Adelaide, and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Western Australia.