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The Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) was part of the New Deal program under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The act was enacted on May 12, 1933, and aimed to boost agricultural production in the United States.
It was intended to raise the value of crops and reduce excess surpluses by paying farmers with cash subsidies. For more information on the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) read the fact file below or download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- The New Deal was the answer from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration to combatting the impact of the Great Depression when he took office in 1933.
- Part of the program was the formation of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration that replaced the Federal Farm Board. Its first secretary was Secretary of Agriculture, Henry Wallace.
- The basic functions of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were the following:
- “To secure a voluntary reduction of the acreage in basic crops through agreements with producers and use of direct payments for participation in acreage control programs.
- ”“To regulate marketing through voluntary agreements with processors, associations or producers, and other handlers of agricultural commodities or products.”
- “To license processors, association, and others handling agricultural commodities to eliminate unfair practices or charges.”
- “To determine the necessity for and the rate or processing taxes.”
- “To use the proceeds of taxes and appropriate funds for the cost of adjustment operations, for the expansion of markets, and for the removal or agricultural surpluses.”
- The administration aimed to reduce agricultural surpluses as well as to restore the original value of crops. Farmers were paid by the government through cash subsidies in order to prevent agricultural surpluses.
- Basic commodities were also designated into categories: barley, cotton, corn, rice, tobacco, hogs, wheat, cattle, peanuts, sugarcane, potatoes, and milk.
- Tenant Farming was also enacted in order to reduce certain crops.
- The Commodity Credit Corporation was established for loans and purchases of commodities.
- The act was favored by the farmers because their generated income was 50% higher.
- On January 6, 1936, the US Supreme Court declared the act as unconstitutional.
- The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 was the solution to the issue and allowed the program to continue.
- The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 revived certain provisions from the previous act. The modified provision was that the financing of the program would be shouldered by the Federal Government and the processors’ tax.
Agricultural Adjustment Act Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Agricultural Adjustment Act Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about The Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) which was part of the New Deal program under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The act was enacted on May 12, 1933, and aimed to boost agricultural production in the United States.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Agricultural Adjustment Act Facts
- Agricultural Adjustment Act Word Search
- Is It True?
- Agricultural Adjustment Act Goals
- Cartoon Analysis
- AAA: Benefits: Bulletin Board
- What If?
- Proposing Amendments
- In My Opinion…
- Agriculture: Its Significance
- Agricultural Adjustment Act Acrostic
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