For the 1st time, the tracking and evaluate record of agricultural guidelines covers OECD member nations (including the hot individuals who joined in the course of 2010 Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia) and chosen key rising economies: Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine. This version indicates that, after a rise in 2009, manufacturer help within the OECD quarter declined in 2010, confirming the downward pattern in help to farmers. the craze in rising economies exhibits a few raise within the point of help, even though it remains good under the OECD common. This record is a distinct resource of up to date estimates of aid to agriculture and is complemented via person chapters on agricultural coverage advancements in all nations coated within the record. info for the calculations of aid can be found online www.oecd.org/agriculture/PSET
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And countries continue to re-balance the policy mix Some OECD countries have re-instrumented their policies by gradually moving away from market price support and towards direct payments. This has resulted in a relatively constant level of support to the farm sector, while its composition made it less production and trade distorting. The degree of market distortion is particularly reduced if the direct payments are made with no requirement to produce. This is the case in the Single Payment Scheme of the European Union which has further incorporated some of the remaining direct payments that were linked to production levels in 2009.
Changes to market intervention policies were also made and intervention levels were reduced or set to zero. In the United States most of the policy developments reported for 2010 reflect further implementation of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Act), which governs farm policy for the period 2008-12. This continues to emphasise direct payments, counter-cyclical payments and marketing assistance loan programmes for the 200812 crop years, with adjustments to target prices and loan rates for certain commodities.
Based on the new Basic Plan, a new farm income support payment was launched for rice farmers as a single year pilot programme in 2010. The payments are designed to bridge the gap between the actual average producer price and a reference level of nation-wide production cost. In this counter-cyclical scheme the reference producer price is set as the national average producer price of the past three years. This pilot programme is expected to continue in 2011, extending this new income support payments for upland crops such as wheat, barley and soybean.