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NEBRASKA POLICY CHOICES 1987, ed. Russell L. Smith (Omaha: Center for Applied Urban Research, 1987).
Nebraska faces a cyclical and a secular decline in its competitiveness in world agricultural markets. Economic instability and technological advances account for much of the decline, along with unfair trade practices and counterproductive government intervention. The short-term forecasts for the U.S. economy are fairly bright, but the farm economy, particularly in Nebraska, is gloomy. Because it is unlikely that government price and income supports will continue at current levels, Nebraska must take some bold steps to provide a healthier farm sector. Policy choices for state action include supporting federal policies that promote domestic and international economic stability, fair international trade, and the elimination of farm income supplements based on production; funding for research to determine Nebraska's areas of comparative advantage in farm products; implementing programs that expedite reallocation of resources to their most productive uses; and developing a state marketing strategy for each traded product that improves Nebraska's share in world markets.