Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Charles B. Norman


This study is an analysis of the attempts to control the marketing of asparagus by federal license under the Agricultural Adjustment Act in 1934 and 1935; by state license under the California Marketing Agreement Act in 1936 and 1937; by proration program under the California Agricultural Prorate Act in 1938 to 1941; and by marketing orders under the California Agricultural Code from 1941 to 1945.

Among the questions considered are the following:

What was the economic position of the Asparagus Industry in 1934, when the programs were first instituted?

What were the effects of some previous attempts at controlled marketing of asparagus?

What types of controls were undertaken in the asparagus industry?

What was the administrative setup and particularly the problem of the appropriateness of such controls in a "free enterprise" society?





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