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Preferences for Marketing Arrangements by Potential Switchgrass Growers

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  • Jensen, Kimberly L.
  • English, Burton C.
  • Clark, Christopher D.
  • Menard, R. Jamey

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This study analyzes factors influencing farmer interest in marketing switchgrass through contracts and/or joining a cooperative that harvests, transports, stores, and markets their switchgrass. Data are from a survey of farmers in 12 southern states. A bivariate probit analysis is used to estimate the effects of farm characteristics, farmer demographics, and opinions about switchgrass on marketing alternative preferences. Interest in contracting and joining a cooperative are positively influenced by farm size, on-farm storage, moderate off-farm income, and heightened importance of job creation in decision to produce switchgrass. Negative influences include concerns about planting/harvesting conflicts and expectation of ceasing farming soon.

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  • Jensen, Kimberly L. & English, Burton C. & Clark, Christopher D. & Menard, R. Jamey, 2011. "Preferences for Marketing Arrangements by Potential Switchgrass Growers," Journal of Cooperatives, NCERA-210, vol. 25, pages 1-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlcoop:164702
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.164702
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