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Economic Analysis of Rabbiteye Blueberry Production in Georgia Using Enterprise Budget

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  • Fonsah, Esendugue Greg
  • Krewer, Gerard
  • Smith, John Ed
  • Stannaland, Danny
  • Massonnat, Julien

Blueberries are experiencing a major increase in acreage in Georgia and the Southeast region. The demand for blueberry crop budgets is at an all-time high. Due to the world economic crisis, agricultural input prices are constantly fluctuating. The increase or decrease in input prices has a direct impact on productivity and profitability of blueberries. Unfortunately, the existing blueberry economic analyses in Georgia are outdated. The prices Georgia farmers receive given the existing market window for fresh rabbiteye and frozed blueberries have also been unstable. Since 2005 when the last economic analysis using enterprise budgets was developed, there have been huge changes in terms of input prices, agricultural practices, and production technologies. Consequently there is a high demand from stakeholders for new studies, as they provide marketing and price guidance and projected production costs in this rapidly growing industry. This study summarizes the resources and estimates current costs associated with producing blueberries in Georgia.

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Article provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.

Volume (Year): 42 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:139311
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