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An Evaluation of the Organic Cotton Marketing Opportunity

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  • Funtanilla, Margil
  • Lyford, Conrad P.
  • Wang, Chenggang

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The organic cotton market has been growing internationally and presents a potential opportunity for producers. This article evaluates prices and returns for organic cotton production in Texas using a stochastic frontier approach. Organic producers were found to be more profitable relative to conventional production, but the analysis showed that organic producers were relatively less technically efficient.

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  • Funtanilla, Margil & Lyford, Conrad P. & Wang, Chenggang, 2009. "An Evaluation of the Organic Cotton Marketing Opportunity," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49359, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    organic cotton; production frontier; technical efficiency; Production Economics;

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