1. The difference of Coupled and Decoupled payments?
Farm payments were coupled to production once upon a time. The more farmers produced the more they received in payments. Under these conditions it did not take long for people to come to the conclusion that farmers were farming the program and not making production decisions based on market prices and conditions. As a result, it was argued that the payments led to distortions in the marketplace resulting in excessive production in some commodities while farmers ignored others. It was argued that without these coupled payments farmers would take their planting signals from the marketplace even to the extent of reducing overall production. Decoupled payments were advanced as a mechanism that would provide the stability needed by farmers and their bankers without interfering with planting decisions. That is to say, direct payments based upon historical production would be decoupled so that farmers could respond to market signals in making their production decisions. Decoupled payments were a major component of the 1996 Farm Bill when it was adopted.
2. What is zoning laws?
Zoning ordinances and regulations are laws that define how you can use your property. Cities, counties, townships, and other local governments adopt zoning plans in order to set development standards to assure that land is used for the common good. Zoning Laws protect existing businesses and residences. For example, in a region without zoning laws, a company could build a factory in the middle of a residential zone, potentially impacting the quality of life for residents. Zoning laws ensure that land use is consistent within a specific region, and that conflicting uses like heavy industry and residential housing are kept isolated from each other for the convenience of all. 3. What is the impact of buying development rights?
The impact of buying development rights involves the government of paying land-use right to...