California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops Report, January 1, 2007, pages 1-47. Copyright © 2007 Jay E. Noel and David Schweikhardt.
There is a lengthy history of devolution of federal policy and programs to the states through the use of grants-in-aid in general and block grants in particular. In the area of agricultural policy, for example, programs for agricultural research and extension have, since their origin, been jointly funded by a system of grants from the federal government to the states. In recent years, the possible consequence of a major devolution of farm policy and programs from the federal government to the states has received much attention.
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