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The Role of Community and Farm Characteristics in Farm Input Purchasing Patterns

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  • Jeremy Foltz
  • Kimberly Zeuli

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This work uses unique data from three dairy-dependent communities in rural Wisconsin to test established theory and empirical studies that link farm structure to local purchasing patterns. A theoretical model of purchasing choices is developed to derive the demand determinants of local purchasing. This model is tested empirically across eleven major dairy farm inputs using a double-bounded Tobit model that also includes community characteristics. The empirical estimations find little support for a general linkage between farm-level characteristics and local purchasing patterns. The results do suggest that different community characteristics provide some explanations for diverse purchasing patterns. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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  • Jeremy Foltz & Kimberly Zeuli, 2005. "The Role of Community and Farm Characteristics in Farm Input Purchasing Patterns," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 27(4), pages 508-525.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:27:y:2005:i:4:p:508-525
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    1. Zeuli, Kimberly A. & Levins, Richard A., 1995. "Minnesota Agricultural Economist 682," Minnesota Applied Economist/Minnesota Agricultural Economist 13183, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
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    7. Linda Lobao & Curtis Stofferahn, 2008. "The community effects of industrialized farming: Social science research and challenges to corporate farming laws," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 25(2), pages 219-240, June.

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