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The effects of alternative farm policies on the US wheat sector are similar despite quite different assumptions for the price elasticity of exports The goal of reducing the Federal cost of the 1985 wheat program directly conflics with the goal of maintaining farm income The article compares four policy options for wheat, ranging from a reduction in price supports and elimination of deficiency payments and acreage programs to an expansion of voluntary acrage reduction programs, under alternative assumptions regarding the responsiveness of exports Each option is compared with a continuation of the 1985 wheat program.

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