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Impacts of U.S. Agricultural and Ethanol Policies on Farmland Values and Rental Rates

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  • Kropp, Jaclyn D.
  • Peckham, Janet G.

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Prices for prime farmland have increased significantly in recent years. But, is the dramatic increase the result of a speculative bubble or is it consistent with market fundamentals with increases driven by growing global demand and recent changes to U.S. agricultural and energy policies? This research investigates the impacts of recent agricultural support policies and ethanol policies on farmland values and rental rates. Using weighted ordinary least squares and two stage least squares, we find that government payments, urban pressure and the proximity of the farm to an ethanol facility have a positive impact on both farmland values and rental rates.

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  • Kropp, Jaclyn D. & Peckham, Janet G., 2012. "Impacts of U.S. Agricultural and Ethanol Policies on Farmland Values and Rental Rates," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124579, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Bolarinwa, Olufemi & Onel, Gulcan & Kropp, Jaclyn D. & Moss, Charles B., 2014. "A Relative Information Approach to Modeling Dynamics of U.S. Farmland Values," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170708, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    capitalization; decoupled payments; ethanol; farmland values; rental rates; subsidies; Agricultural and Food Policy; Agricultural Finance; Land Economics/Use; Q18; Q15; Q16;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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