Provide unbiased and objective economic analysis of the impacts for policy alternatives on stakeholders
The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) conducts analyses of the impacts of government policy proposals and/or implementation procedures on farmers, agribusinesses, taxpayers, and consumers. Its primary constituency is the U.S. Congress, particularly the Agriculture Committees. AFPC also conducts research and/or educational programs for government agencies, farm and agribusiness organizations, and agricultural leadership throughout Texas and the nation. Select AFPC functions include:
AFPC was created by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in 1983. In the land-grant university tradition, it was established as a joint activity between Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas A&M University. As such, faculty members hold appointments with teaching, research, and extension responsibilities.
To carry out the Center's research program, the Center maintains a close working relationship with two other institutions: The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri and the Economic Research Service/USDA. FAPRI provides a source of commodity prices to AFPC for analyzing the farm-level impacts of specific policy proposals, while the Economic Research Service/USDA cooperates on farm costs, returns, and structural and policy relationships.