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Farmer trust in producer- and investor-owned firms: Evidence from Missouri corn and soybean producers

  • Harvey S. James Jr.

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, 146 Mumford Hall, Columbia, MO 65211)

  • Michael E. Sykuta

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, 135B Mumford Hall, Columbia, MO 65211)

The authors examine whether cooperatives are characterized by greater trust than investor-owned firms. They surveyed 2,000 Missouri corn and soybean farmers and found that trust and farmer perceptions of honesty and competence are higher in cooperatives than in investor-owned firms and that trust is a significant factor explaining the choice of farmers to market to cooperatives rather than investor-owned firms. Interestingly, they found that trust is more significant in producers' decisions for marketing soybeans than for corn. [JEL classifications: Q130, Z130]. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 22: 135-153, 2006.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 22 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 135-153

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