New Deal Agency

Agricultural Adjustment Administration

A little History of AAA

A former U.S. government agency established in 1933, in the Dept. of Agriculture under the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal program.

A-chieving

A-Balanced

A-griculture

What were we made for?

The purpose of the AAA, was to help farmers by reducing production of staple crops, thus would raise farm prices and encourage more variety of farming.

Critics admitted and verified

"The AAA and related laws helped revive hope in farm communities."
"Only seven of the hundreds or thousands of different crops grown by farmers are eligible for payments."

What do we do?

AAA controlled the supply of seven "basic crops" – corn, wheat, cotton, rice, peanuts, tobacco and milk.


Farmers were given benefit payments in return for limiting acreage given to staple crops. In 1934-1935, coercive taxes forced cotton and tobacco farmers to cut the amounts of product that they marketed.

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Agency's restyle

In World War II the AAA turned its attention to increasing food production to meet war needs. It was renamed (1942) the Agricultural Adjustment Agency, and in 1945 its functions were taken over by the Production and Marketing Administration.