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Structural Change and Performance of Grain Marketing Cooperatives


  • Dahl, Reynold P.


The U.S. grain marketing system has undergone many structural changes in the 1980s. In no part of the system has structural change been more far-reaching and extensive than in farmer-owned cooperatives. The purpose of this paper is to analyze changes in grain marketing and induced structural adjustments in grain marketing cooperatives at the local, regional, and interregional levels. The impact of these structural changes on the competitive posture of cooperatives in the grain marketing system is also discussed along with structural adjustments anticipated in the 1990s.

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  • Dahl, Reynold P., 1991. "Structural Change and Performance of Grain Marketing Cooperatives," Journal of Agricultural Cooperation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, vol. 6.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joagco:46261

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    1. Murray E. Fulton & Joan R. Fulton & J. Stephen Clark & Claudia Parliament, 1995. "Cooperative growth: Is it constrained?," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(3), pages 245-261.
    2. Zeuli, Kimberly A. & Foltz, Jeremy D., 2005. "Managerial Incentives, Moral Hazard, and Structural Change in Agricultural Cooperatives," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19226, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Joan R. Fulton & Robert P. King, 1993. "Relationships among information expenditure, economic performance, and size in local grain marketing cooperatives in the upper midwest," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(2), pages 143-157.

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