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Economic Issues in Farm-to-Port Grain Storage, Handling and Transport


  • Brennan, Donna C.


In this paper, the literature on the economics of grain distribution systems is reviewed. The emphasis of this review is on farm to port issues and largely excludes port and shipping issues. In the first part of the paper, the discussion centres on the historical institutional environment in Australia, which was heavily regulated. The second part of the paper highlights some of the issues relating to the pricing of central grain distribution services that continue to exist even in the more competitive environment which has emerged in the 1990's. The scope for future agricultural economics research in this area is discussed.

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  • Brennan, Donna C., 1995. "Economic Issues in Farm-to-Port Grain Storage, Handling and Transport," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 63(01), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12472

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    1. John Quiggin, 2012. "Introduction," Introductory Chapters,in: Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us: With a new chapter by the author Princeton University Press.
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    1. O'Keeffe, Patrick, 2014. "The Impact of Wheat Export Market Deregulation upon Wheat Growers in Victoria’s Western Wimmera," 2014 Conference (58th), February 4-7, 2014, Port Maquarie, Australia 165868, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    2. Farrell, Terence C., 2004. "Grower representation and its impact on the governance structure of the Australian Grains Industry," 2004 Conference (48th), February 11-13, 2004, Melbourne, Australia 58447, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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