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By Alan F. Wilt

This groundbreaking examine charts Britain's meals and agricultural arrangements within the Thirties. It exhibits that during this area, unlike different components of the financial system, executive plans have been already well-developed through 1939 and examines how the measures of the Nineteen Thirties not just set the level for global warfare II but in addition contributed to a much better British agiculture within the many years that followed.

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In the bacon industry, however, the rise in prices helped the curers, but the public rebelled and there was a dramatic decline in consumption. 48 It granted farmers a subsidy to overcome exceptionally low prices in –, but, when the situation did not improve, the subsidy became permanent in . A third act extended the sugar beet subsidy, begun in . Though limited in the sense that domestically grown sugar was never more than a small portion of the entire market, sugar beet cultivation was sixteen times greater in  than it had been in , thus indicating the impact of the subsidy and the importance of continuing it.

And Cooper, British Agricultural Policy, . 34 Brown, Agriculture in England, –; J. A. Mollett, ‘The Wheat Act of : A Forerunner of Modern Price Support Programmes’, Agricultural History Review, / (), –; and Whetham, Agrarian History, viii. –.    but from a levy imposed on the nation’s flour millers.  metric tons) for which the farmer would be paid. The Wheat bill was, in effect, a delicate balancing act. It took into account that wheat farming, which centred in East Anglia and northeastern England, was the backbone of the agricultural economy.

An owner of an ,-acre sheep farm in Roxburghshire, his main goal was to promote stability and to make farming profitable. To do this Elliot favoured a corporate relationship between government and farming. In his view agriculture consisted of producer groups, such as farm associations, big farms, and trade unions, which should come together and set the standards for each particular group. To Elliot this meant protection, but it also meant self-governing boards, and that was the reason he favoured marketing boards.

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