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The Economic Potential Of Vegetable Production For Limited Resource Farmers In South Central Alabama

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  • Gan, Jianbang
  • Kebede, Ellene
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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of vegetable production to enhance the declining farm income of limited resource farmers. A survey of 60 limited resource farmers in south central Alabama was undertaken to carry out this evaluation. Results of the survey show that 95% of the farmers had an annual farm income of less than $12,000. Linear programming methodology was applied to perform a whole-farm analysis of a representative farm developed from the data. The overall results show that vegetable production will significantly increase the annual income of these farmers. Some specific conclusions are that: (a) the total return from vegetable production depends on vegetable mixes; (b) vegetable production is labor intensive and sensitive to change in labor cost, implying that an increase in minimum wage might affect the return from vegetable production; and (c) development of labor-saving technology in vegetable production could be considered as a long-term solution to increase the returns of vegetable producers.

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    Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia in its journal Journal of Agribusiness.

    Volume (Year): 17 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14681
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    1. Epperson, J.E. & Lei, L.F., 1989. "A Regional Analysis of Vegetable Production with Changing Demand for Row Crops Using Quadratic Programming," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 21(01), pages 87-96, July.
    2. Dismukes, Robert & Harwood, Joy L. & Bentley, Susan E., 1997. "Characteristics and Risk Management Needs of Limited-Resource and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33622, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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