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# cr - Fed Agriculture

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Federal agricultural programs aimed at benefiting one group whose livelihood depends on farming often end up harming another such group.

Which of the following statements provides support for the claim above?

Ⅰ. An effort to help feed-grain producers resulted in higher prices for their crops, but the higher prices decreased the profits of livestock producers.
Ⅱ. In order to reduce crop surpluses and increase prices, growers of certain crops were paid to leave a portion of their land idle, but the reduction was not achieved because improvements in efficiency resulted in higher production on the land in use.
Ⅲ.Many farm workers were put out of work when a program meant to raise the price of grain provided grain growers with an incentive to reduce production by giving them surplus grain from government reserves.

(A) Ⅰ, but not Ⅱ and not Ⅲ
(B) Ⅱ, but not Ⅰand not Ⅲ
(C) Ⅰand Ⅲ, but not Ⅱ
(D) Ⅱ and Ⅲ, but not Ⅰ
(E) Ⅰ,Ⅱand Ⅲ
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17 Jul 2004, 12:34
I got with A on this.

Explanation will follow....
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17 Jul 2004, 14:06
(C) Ⅰand Ⅲ, but not Ⅱ

Look for two groups, one getting benefitted, the other group taking hit.

I - grain producers benefitted, love stock producers took hit - supports argument
II - nobody got benefitted - does not support
III - grain producers benefitted but farm workers got hit - supports
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17 Jul 2004, 14:12
I landed up with A and C, but eliminated C only on the basis of the assumption that the "livelihood" of grain owners is not just farming - they can tap from the Fedral reserves.

The question stem says "Federal <B>agricultural</B> programs aimed at benefiting one group whose <B>livelihood depends on farming</B>

in III the option of grain owners tapping the Fedral reserve is, firstly, not an agricultural program and, secondly, it is in no way benefitting people whose "livelihood" is farming!
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17 Jul 2004, 14:33
IMO, "grain growing" is clearly part of farming.
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17 Jul 2004, 14:53
C sounds correct..For the same reason GoalStanford states..
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19 Jul 2004, 01:06
A. C is out cos the question is "harming another such group"
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19 Jul 2004, 02:00
Will explain if (B) is correct.
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19 Jul 2004, 02:46
Geethu wrote:
Ⅲ.Many farm workers were put out of work when a program meant to raise the price of grain provided grain growers with an incentive to reduce production by giving them surplus grain from government reserves.

The gray area is statement III, reproduced above. Is afarmer who is forced to stay idle because he is getting grains from federal/government reserves actually 'hurt'? Perhaps not, because 1. he is getting the grains he needs to sell and get money; and 2. he has more time on his hand to be employed elsewhere also.

If the crap I have typed above is correct, then C is out. Else, C would be the answer.
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19 Jul 2004, 13:55
guess it is time to give the OA!!

I don't see Paul around these days...Paul..any comments?
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19 Jul 2004, 14:45
I'll go with C on this one, I and III

Ⅲ.Many farm workers were put out of work when a program meant to raise the price of grain provided grain growers with an incentive to reduce production by giving them surplus grain from government reserves.

program provided grain growers with some benefit
as a result, many farm workers were put out of work -- were harmed

I assume no one's doubting I
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20 Jul 2004, 01:14

(C) looks better
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20 Jul 2004, 12:12
C is the OA.

Sorry for the delayed response.
20 Jul 2004, 12:12
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