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    EFFECT OF CAPTIVE SUPPLY ON FARM-TO-WHOLESALE BEEF MARKETING MARGIN

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    Debates about captive supplies have been ongoing for more than a decade. This study investigates the effects captive supplies have on the beef farm-to-wholesale marketing margin. A relative price spread (RPS) model is used to estimate beef farm-to-wholesale marketing margins. Estimates indicate that forward contracts and marketing agreements have a small positive relationship with margins that is marginally significant. Packer fed cattle may or may not be related to margins to depending upon model specification.Livestock Production/Industries, Marketing,

    Will the farm rebound lead a rural recovery?

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    Economic headlines in rural America were mostly positive in 2003, especially in the farm sector. The farm economy broke out of its drought-induced recession. Low global crop supplies, strong demand, and high prices underpinned strong gains in U.S. farm income. Meanwhile, the nation’s economic recovery appeared to forge a beachhead in rural America as job losses and factory closures eased in 2003. ; It still remains unclear, though, whether the rural economy can build upon the optimism of 2003 in the coming year. Farm finances have improved, global supplies remain low, and prices are relatively high, but demand for U.S. farm products remains uncertain, especially in the light of the recent mad cow incident. While job losses on Main Street have eased, rural communities continue to struggle as they try to create the high-skill, high-wage jobs that pace U.S. economic growth. ; Henderson discusses some of the economic headlines for the rural economy in the past year and the outlook for 2004. He describes the top economic stories emerging from the farm economy. Next, he examines the economic headlines on Main Street. Finally, he explores the outlook for the rural economy in the year ahead. If rural communities are to do well in 2004, demand for U.S. farm products must remain strong and new high-skill, high-wage opportunities must be created on rural Main Streets.Rural areas ; Rural development

    Soil erosion and farm water supplies

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    Water supplies for stock have an important influence on farm management. In this article Soil Conservation Advisers J. C. Grasby and J. E. Watson discuss problems of soil erosion and farm water supplies

    Will farmland values keep booming?

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    Lean supplies, strong export activity, and vibrant demand both at home and abroad have pushed crop prices to record highs, offsetting today’s spiraling production costs. As a result, farm profits and investments have soared, and farmland values have boomed. ; But commodity markets in agriculture can change directions abruptly—and so agricultural bankers and farm analysts naturally question the sustainability of today’s prosperity. The current agriculture boom is strikingly similar to those of the 1970s and mid-1990s, when the good times quickly faded as crop supplies increased, the dollar strengthened, and export activity weakened. One particular danger is that rising farmland values could be accompanied by greater financial leverage, increasing the industry’s vulnerability to a drop in income, as in the 1980s. ; Henderson discusses current farmland value trends and analyzes the factors underlying the recent surge. He concludes that the recent surge in farmland values tracks expected gains in crop returns. At the same time, however, an unexpected surge in production costs or a drop in crop prices could undercut farmland values and pose a financial risk to the farm sector. Thus far, however, the industry’s debt levels are up only modestly, helping to mitigate the risks of a drop in farm incomes.Farm income ; Farm produce ; Agricultural prices

    Economics of farm water supplies

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    The economics of farm water supplies can be studied in two ways. One is to compare the costs of alternative ways of supplying a specified quantity of water to a farm. Another is to calcu;ate how mucha farmer can afford or will pay for a water supply. I propose to look at these questions from the point of vieew of an eastern wheatbelt farmer, assuming that he must pay the full costs of any water supply provided for his property

    Where to buy farm supplies

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    Pamphlet published by The Progressive Farmer, providing lists of businesses that sell certain items by category. Undated.https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/mss-boswell-stevens-papers/1032/thumbnail.jp

    Water supplies on wheatbelt farms : a general picture

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    In good rainfall years, farm dams provide water fo more than 50 per cent of the total stock in the wheatbelt. Other sources include ground water supplies and the piped Comprehensive Water Scheme. The March 1970 census included questions on farm water supplies including how farmers coped in the 1969-70 drought

    Industry Career Guide: Agribusiness

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    Agribusiness is generally the commercial aspect related to agriculture or agricultural activities and its products. The Agribusiness sector is engaged in the production and operations of a farm, the manufacture and distribution of farm equipment and supplies, and the processing, storage, and distribution of farm commodities. The very core of the industry is agriculture, which is supported by the manufacturing sector and service sector. As a whole, the Agribusiness sector is quite diverse as it encompasses input production, farm operations and management, equipment and supplies manufacturing, food/non-food processing, trading, and retailing

    TRADABLE PERMITS FOR CONTROLLING NITRATES IN GROUNDWATER AT THE FARM LEVEL: A CONCEPTUAL MODEL

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    Nitrate contamination of municipal and domestic well water supplies is becoming an increasing problem in many rural and urban areas, raising the cost of providing safe drinking water. The objective of this paper is to describe a marketable permit scheme that can effectively manage nitrate pollution of groundwater supplies for communities in rural areas without hindering agricultural production in watersheds. They key to implementing this scheme is being able to link nitrate leaching from nitrogen fertilizer applied to crops at a farm to nitrate levels measured at a drinking water well.agriculture, groundwater pollution, leaching, nitrates, pollution trading, Environmental Economics and Policy,

    The changing federated relationship between local and regional cooperatives

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    The evolution of the federated relationship between local and regional cooperatives is examined from the perspective of local cooperatives’ need for commodity-based farm supplies and regional cooperatives’ identity as food companies. Because locals want many competing bids for the supplies they purchase, they resist a strong and close affiliation with regional cooperatives, which then find themselves with excess capacity. Regionals have responded by instituting tighter bonds with selected local cooperatives operating as "internal supply networks," in exchange for certain benefits. This adaptation reduces the impact of divergent goals among regionals and locals within the federated system.Cooperatives, federation, networks, competition, regionalization., Agribusiness,
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