Soil Conservation and Agricultural Adjustment

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Search for Substitute for the Invalidated A.A.A.

Invalidation of the Agricultural Adjustment Act by the sweeping decision of the Supreme Court in the Hoosac Mills case on January 6 confronted the administration with the difficult task of finding a constitutional method of maintaining some measure of national control over production of the country's basic agricultural commodities in order to avert a return of ruinous crop surpluses. At the Jackson Day dinner in Washington on January 9, President Roosevelt declared that “the attainment of justice and prosperity for American agriculture remains an immediate, constant objective of my administration.”

Two days later a conference of representatives of farm organizations adopted recommendations for a new agricultural program, embodying suggestions put forward by the President and Secretary of Agriculture Wallace, ...

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