Agricultural Adjustment Act Amendment of 1935

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Agricultural Adjustment Act Amendment of 1935
Great Seal of the United States
Long title An Act to amend the Agricultural Adjustment Act, and for other purposes.
Enacted by the 74th United States Congress
Effective August 24, 1935
Public Law 74-320
Statutes at Large 49 Stat. 774
Legislative history

In United States federal agriculture legislation, the Agricultural Adjustment Act Amendment of 1935 (P.L. 74-320) made several important and lasting changes to the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 (P.L. 73-10).

Section 22 of the law gave the President authority to impose quotas when imports interfered with commodity programs designed to raise prices and farm income. Section 32 was designed to widen market outlets for surplus agricultural commodities by permanently appropriating funds (30% of annual gross customs receipts) to promote food consumption, reduce agricultural surpluses, and provide for the food needs of low income populations. Section 32 funds are used by the Secretary to purchase surplus commodities for donation outside normal channels of trade (e.g., to school lunch programs), and to support the costs of child nutrition programs. Section 22 has been superseded, but Section 32 continues to operate and is used primarily for child nutrition programs. In 1936, this act was declared unconstitutional and was therefore only a short term benefit to farmers.