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New Deal Podcast

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Elected amid the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal saved the country from fascism and laid the foundation for modern America. Almost all of this happened in six years. Today, little is known about the individual New Deal programs. Who imagined them. How they became law, and how many were ultimately destroyed. The New Deal Podcast looks to change that.

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The Agricultural Adjustment Act

American agriculture is facing a crisis not seen in generations. In 1970, there were about 650,000 dairy farms in America, in 2019 there are around 40,000. Market concentration and overproduction have left once profitable farms facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. President Trump’s solution is to write each farm a check—for around $725. Clearly, something needs to change. Two generations ago the Agricultural Adjustment Act saved agriculture. Its principals could do so again. In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA). The AAA utilized a land allotment plan to stabilize American farming. In other words, it paid farmers to not grow certain crops. Prior to FDR, 60% of farms had mortgaged to stay solvent and corn was routinely burned for warmth. In 1935, two years after its passage, farm income was 50 percent higher than the previous administration. The Agricultural Adjustment Act stabilized American farming after almost two decades of collapse. Unfortunately, today the AAA is mostly a footnote. Given the extent of the agricultural collapse, farming relief was one of the first major initiatives of the New Deal. Enacting the AAA wasn’t easy. In fact, how it happened was mostly forgotten. Until now. The saga features a Democratic Party at war with itself, a mob threatening to cut off a judge’s penis, 200,000 slaughtered pigs, and the transformation of a life-long Republican into an icon of Progressives across the world. You can find more at Newdealpodcast.com

38 MINJUN 28
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The Agricultural Adjustment Act
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Latest Episodes

The Agricultural Adjustment Act

American agriculture is facing a crisis not seen in generations. In 1970, there were about 650,000 dairy farms in America, in 2019 there are around 40,000. Market concentration and overproduction have left once profitable farms facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. President Trump’s solution is to write each farm a check—for around $725. Clearly, something needs to change. Two generations ago the Agricultural Adjustment Act saved agriculture. Its principals could do so again. In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA). The AAA utilized a land allotment plan to stabilize American farming. In other words, it paid farmers to not grow certain crops. Prior to FDR, 60% of farms had mortgaged to stay solvent and corn was routinely burned for warmth. In 1935, two years after its passage, farm income was 50 percent higher than the previous administration. The Agricultural Adjustment Act stabilized American farming after almost two decades of collapse. Unfortunately, today the AAA is mostly a footnote. Given the extent of the agricultural collapse, farming relief was one of the first major initiatives of the New Deal. Enacting the AAA wasn’t easy. In fact, how it happened was mostly forgotten. Until now. The saga features a Democratic Party at war with itself, a mob threatening to cut off a judge’s penis, 200,000 slaughtered pigs, and the transformation of a life-long Republican into an icon of Progressives across the world. You can find more at Newdealpodcast.com

38 MINJUN 28
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The Agricultural Adjustment Act
the END