First Agricultural Adjustment Act

By Emily Dohrman and Sabrina Carmichael

Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA)

Purpose

The AAA was piece of legislation introduced by President Roosevelt within days of his inauguration. This declared that Congress was responsible for balancing the supply and demand for farm commodities so that prices would support a decent purchasing power for farmers. This act was intended to help revive farm communities during the Great Depression.

Impact and Effectiveness of Agency

The AAA was passed by congress in 1933 and despite being put into action when the growing season was well underway crop output dropped. For the three years the Act was in effect farmers; cash income doubled and exports reduced exponentially. The AAA did not end the depression but did remain the basis for many farm programs in the following 70 years.

Public Reaction

In the early years of the AAA (1933-1936) farmers reacted favorably. However, the act has also generated lots of controversy in recent years. New technologies have made it possible for farmers to cheat the system per say by taking government money and still produce too many crops.

Citations

- "AAA, the Agricultural Adjustment Act & Administration." AAA, the Agricultural Adjustment Act & Administration. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_11.html

-"Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA) | United States History." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. https://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/soc_sec/hgreat.htm

- "Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA) | United States History." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.http://www.britannica.com/topic/Agricultural-Adjustment-Administration