ABSTRACT

Commodity organizations represent individual interests such as com, wheat, cotton, peanuts, tobacco, or dairy. These organizations logically focus on the concerns of their member producers. The unique nature of these products has allowed commodity organizations to make specific program demands of Congress. Since only a single commodity is involved, the common economic focus makes development of a consensus policy position easier—although consensus is not always achieved. Accordingly, the central issue for any organization representing commodity interests is the circumstance (economic, political, or biological) utilized to justify the existence of a commodity program. Given this justification, Congress can then make the policy decisions.