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Farming Practices and Systems

Soil management for vegetable growing in the Philippine uplands: A bio-economic analysis

A bio-economic analysis is used in this research to investigate the economic returns in terms of gross and net annual income over time for upland farmers from adopting alternative soil management options.

Production Contracts and Farm Business Growth and Survival

This paper explores empirically whether the use of production contracts has allowed hog operations to expand in scale.

The Economics of Nested Insurance: The Case of SURE

This paper introduces a theory of nested insurance to evaluate the impact on of SURE on intensification, acreage and adoption. The results suggest that parameters of a government program like SURE may enhance the adoption and value of crop insurance to th

Is geographic diversification sufficient to limit contract grower risk?

This article determines whether geographic diversification would be sufficient as a risk management tool for lending institutions to limit their credit risk.

Grain Futures Markets: What Have They Learned?

In this paper, the author tests and compares the efficiency properties of wheat, corn, and oats futures prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBT) from 1880 to 1890 and from 1997 to 2007.

Comparison of Hedging Cost with Other Variable Input Costs

This study determines the relative costs of hedging with futures and options and compares these with the costs of other variable inputs.

Harvest Cost and Value of Citrus Operations with Alternative Technology: Real Options Approach

This paper describes two representative approaches of nvestment valuation that have been applied to the case of harvesting mechanization for the model citrus grower in Florida.

The Impact of credit constraints on the adoption of hybrid maize in Malawi

The paper investigates the impact of credit constraints on the adoption of hybrid maize among rural households in Malawi using the treatment-effects model.

Changes in Debt Patterns and Financial Structure of Farm Businesses: A Double Hurdle Approach

This paper uses a double hurdle model to help explain one aspect of the changing capital structure of U.S. production agriculture--the increase in the number of debt free farms.

2009 North Dakota Agricultural Outlook: Representative Farms, 2009-2018

The main objective of this analysis is to evaluate changes in net farm income and debt-to-asset ratios for different size and profit categories of representative farms.