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Safety Nets or Trampolines? Federal Crop Insurance, Disaster Assistance, and the Farm Bill


  • Goodwin, Barry K.
  • Rejesus, Roderick M.


We review the implications of the 2007 Farm Bill for the risk management dimensions of U.S. agriculture and policy. Legislative proposals suggest significant changes in risk management policy, including the introduction of state or national revenue insurance. We also pursue an empirical analysis of the interrelationships of crop insurance, disaster relief, and farm profitability. We find an inverse relationship between disaster assistance and insurance purchases. Our analysis also suggests that farmers that buy insurance and that receive disaster payments tend to have higher returns to farming.

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  • Goodwin, Barry K. & Rejesus, Roderick M., 2008. "Safety Nets or Trampolines? Federal Crop Insurance, Disaster Assistance, and the Farm Bill," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 1-15, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:46980

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    1. Schoengold, Karina & Ding, Ya & Headlee, Russell, 2012. "The Impact of Ad-hoc Disaster Programs on the Use of Conservation Practices," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124957, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; Risk and Uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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