What Was the Main Objective of the Agricultural Adjustment Act?


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The main objective of the Agricultural Adjustment Act was to raise the value of crops. This piece of legislation was passed in the midst of the Great Depression and was part of the New Deal. It paid farmers to reduce crop area in hopes of eliminating crop surplus.

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The Agricultural Adjustment Act is considered the first modern farm bill in the United States, as it created a new agency, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, whose duty it was to oversee the distribution of subsidies. However, the Supreme Court declared the Agricultural Adjustment Act unconstitutional in 1936, as the regulation of agriculture was declared a state power.

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