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Growing Farm Size and the Distribution of Farm Payments

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  • MacDonald, James M.
  • Hoppe, Robert A.
  • Banker, David E.
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    Crop production is shifting to much larger farms. Since government commodity payments reflect production volumes for program commodities, payments are also shifting to larger farms. In turn, the operators of very large farms have substantially higher household incomes than other farm households, and as a result government commodity payments are also shifting to much higher-income households. Since the changes in farm structure appear to be ongoing, commodity payments will likely, under current policies, continue to shift to higher income households. This brief uses 2003 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) data to detail the shifts.

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    Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Brief with number 34089.

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    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:uerseb:34089

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    Keywords: Farm structure; commodity programs; farm payments; farm household income; farm income; farm program payments; ERS; USDA; Agricultural and Food Policy; Industrial Organization;

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    1. Dr Ray Trewin, 2009. "Poultry Sector Support and Protection, Structural Change and Disease Risk," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec09-01, International and Development Economics.

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