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Do Income Support Programs Impact Producer Hedging Decisions? Evidence from a Cross-Country Comparative

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  • Andrea E. Woolverton
  • Michael E. Sykuta

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This article provides a unique perspective to why U.S. producers' hedging practices are not consistent with the price-risk management literature. We conduct a formal test of income support program impacts with survey data from South Africa and the United States, which have different producer income support policies. We find that producing in a supported environment (U.S.) decreases hedging for preplanting and preharvest expected yields by 30.39% and 20.03%, respectively. This study raises issues for further inquiry regarding both comparative agricultural lending practices and the relative costs of price-risk management tools. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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  • Andrea E. Woolverton & Michael E. Sykuta, 2009. "Do Income Support Programs Impact Producer Hedging Decisions? Evidence from a Cross-Country Comparative," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 834-852, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:834-852
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    1. Ricome, Aymeric & Chaib, Karim & Ridier, Aude & Kephaliacos, Charilaos & Carpy-Goulard, Francoise, 2012. "The role of cash crop marketing contracts in the adoption of low-input practices in the presence of risk and income supports," 126th Seminar, June 27-29, 2012, Capri, Italy 126222, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Ricome, Aymeric & Chaib, Karim & Ridier, Aude & Kephaliacos, Charilaos & Carpy-Goulard, Francoise, 2016. "The Role of Marketing Contracts in the Adoption of Low-Input Production Practices in the Presence of Income Supports: An Application in Southwestern France," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 41(3), September.

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