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The Impacts of Lesser Developed Countries on Southern Region Agricultural Exports


  • Marchant, Mary A.
  • Ruppel, Fred J.


Lesser developed countries (LDCs) serve as both customers and competitors for agricultural commodities produced in the Southern region of the United States. This paper focuses on the impacts of LDCs on exports of the major agricultural commodities produced in the South (cotton, rice, tobacco, poultry, and, to a lesser extent, citrus and peanuts). First the importance of LDCs as export markets for Southern commodities is explored. Then the role LDCs play as producers and exporters of these commodities is considered. Finally, these separate roles are combined into an index of LDC competitiveness with Southern agricultural commodities. Data analysis shows that Southern agricultural interests truly are divided over the role LDCs play in Southern agriculture, where poultry and rice rank highest, and peanuts lowest, in terms of a LDC markets/competition index. Thus, it is not surprising that calls for protectionism (e.g., the Bumpers' Amendment) should arise from the South.

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  • Marchant, Mary A. & Ruppel, Fred J., 1993. "The Impacts of Lesser Developed Countries on Southern Region Agricultural Exports," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 22(1), pages 71-87, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:22:y:1993:i:01:p:71-87_00

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