Conditional Grants to the States

Archive Report

Proposed Federal-State Crop Control Program

The administration farm bill now before Congress contemplates the establishment, by January 1, 1938, of a permanent plan of crop control to be made effective through extension of federal financial assistance to states setting up agricultural adjustment programs which correspond to the federal program invalidated by the Supreme Court on January 6 in the Hoosac Mills case. The new program would be modeled after the existing system of federal grants-in-aid to the states for highway construction, social security, and other purposes. In the interim between now and 1938 federal power to control agricultural production would be reinstituted by conditioning federal benefit payments to individual agricultural producers on the application of crop practices promoting the conservation of soil fertility.

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