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Production Risk And Crop Insurance In Malting Barley: A Stochastic Dominance Analysis


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  • Wilson, William W.
  • Gustafson, Cole R.
  • Dahl, Bruce L.


Malt barley is an important specialty crop in the Northern Plains and growers mitigate risk with federally subsidized crop insurance and production contracts. However, growers face considerable risk due to "coverage gaps" in crop insurance that result in uncertain indemnity payments due to uncertainty of their crop meeting contract specifications. A stochastic dominance model is developed to evaluate alternative risk efficient strategies for growers with differing risk attitudes and production practices (irrigation vs. dryland). Results show that efficient choices are highly dependent on risk attitudes for dryland growers, but not irrigated growers. Sensitivities with respect to acceptance risk and level of crop insurance subsidization are presented. Increased specialization of agricultural crops with greater emphasis on quality characteristics will limit dryland producer interest in federal crop insurance.

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Paper provided by North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics in its series Agribusiness & Applied Economics Report with number 23561.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ags:nddaae:23561

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Keywords: Crop insurance; malting barley; stochastic dominance; stochastic efficiency; Crop Production/Industries; Risk and Uncertainty;

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