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24 Farm Programs Based on a Supreme Court ruling in 1943, our Constitution does allow direct government control of agriculture. However, recognizing that direct government control may not be politically palatable to the citizenry, agricultural producers are essentially “bribed” by government to cut production. Government offers producers guaranteed prices for their commodities and direct treasury subsidies in return for “cooperation.” the granted power to regulate interstate commerce. ... The power of Congress over interstate commerce is plenary and complete in itself, may be exercised to its utmost extent, and acknowledges no limitations other than are prescribed in the Constitution . ... It follows that no form of state activity can constitutionally thwart the regulatory power granted
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Unformatted text preview: by the commerce clause to Congress. Hence the reach of that power extends to those intrastate activities which in a substantial way interfere with or obstruct the exercise of the granted power.' It is well established by decisions of this Court that the power to regulate commerce includes the power to regulate the prices at which commodities in that commerce are dealt in and practices affecting such prices. 28 One of the primary purposes of the Act in question was to increase the market price of wheat and to that end to limit the volume thereof that could affect the market. It can hardly be denied that a factor of such volume and variability as home- consumed wheat would have a substantial influence on price and market conditions. This may arise...
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