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Adoption of Technology, Management Practices, and Production Systems by U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Producers

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  • Pruitt, J. Ross
  • Gillespie, Jeffrey M.
  • Nehring, Richard F.
  • Qushim, Berdikul

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Using USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey data, factors leading to the adoption of technology, management practices, and production systems by U.S. beef cow-calf producers are analyzed. Binary logit regression models are used to determine impacts of vertical integration; region of the U.S.; farm size, diversification, and tenure; and demographics on adoption decisions. Significant differences were found in adoption rates by region of the U.S., degree of vertical integration, and size of operation, suggesting the presence of economies of size and vertical economies of scope. Results also indicate high degrees of complementarity among technologies, management practices, and production systems.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 02 (May)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:123778

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Keywords: cattle; cow-calf; management practices; production systems; technology adoption; Farm Management; D21; Q12; Q16;

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