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The Utility Of Multiple Peril Crop Insurance For Irrigated, Multiple-Crop Agriculture


  • Zering, Kelly D.
  • McCorkle, C.O., Jr.
  • Moore, Charles V.


The usefulness of FCIC multiple peril crop insurance on diversified, irrigated, high yielding farms in the Imperial Valley is examined. Production data and expected price and yield distributions were collected from thirty-two farm managers in 1982. Individual whole-farm net income distributions then were used to elicit their risk preferences. Participation in FCIC crop insurance for cotton, wheat, and sugar beets under the existing program and under several alternatives was predicted. Predicted participation never exceeds 25% of eligible growers. Low maximum yield guarantees and premiums inconsistent with individual yield experience are identified as factors limiting participation.

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  • Zering, Kelly D. & McCorkle, C.O., Jr. & Moore, Charles V., 1987. "The Utility Of Multiple Peril Crop Insurance For Irrigated, Multiple-Crop Agriculture," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 12(01), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32470

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    1. Meyer, Jack, 1977. "Choice among distributions," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 326-336, April.
    2. King, Robert P., 1979. "Operational Techniques for Applied Decision Analysis Under Uncertainty," AAEA Fellows - Dissertations and Theses, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, number 181951.
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    1. Becker, Nir, 1999. "A comparative analysis of water price support versus drought compensation scheme," Agricultural Economics of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 21(1), August.
    2. Toland, Gerald Jr & Schmiesing, Brian H. & Black, J. Roy, 1989. "Analysis and Comparison of Alternative Estimations of Crop Yield Probability Distributions," 1989 Annual Meeting, June 9-12, 1989, Coeur d/Alene, Idaho 244976, Western Agricultural Economics Association.


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