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Post-Buyout Structural Change in the Peanut and Tobacco Sectors


  • Dohlman, Erik
  • Foreman, Linda F.
  • Da Pra, Michelle


When longstanding marketing quota systems were eliminated (“bought out”) in 2002 for peanuts and 2004 for tobacco, producers lost quota-related price supports and other quota system protections, and were exposed more directly to a market-oriented system. The nature of the peanut and tobacco marketing quota programs, the structure and magnitude of the buyouts, and market dynamics influenced the ensuing structural changes that occurred at the farm, regional, and aggregate market levels. Analysis of USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Surveys (ARMS) on peanut and tobacco producers over a multi-year timeframe provides insights on, and a basis for comparing and contrasting the buyout impacts along multiple dimensions. Notable developments include a consolidation in the number and increased scale of farms, regional shifts in production regions, and increased use of contracting to manage price risk.

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  • Dohlman, Erik & Foreman, Linda F. & Da Pra, Michelle, 2010. "Post-Buyout Structural Change in the Peanut and Tobacco Sectors," 2010 Annual Meeting, February 6-9, 2010, Orlando, Florida 56355, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea10:56355

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    1. Dohlman, Erik & Foreman, Linda F. & Da Pra, Michelle, 2009. "Removal of Government Controls Opens Peanut and Tobacco Sectors to Market Forces," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.
    2. Dohlman, Erik & Foreman, Linda F. & Da Pra, Michelle, 2009. "The Post-Buyout Experience: Peanut and Tobacco Sectors Adapt to Policy Reform," Economic Information Bulletin 56628, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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    1. Hu, Wu-Yueh & Vukina, Tomislav & Zheng, Viaoyong, 2014. "The Role of Risk and Risk-Aversion in Adoption of Alternative Marketing Arrangements by the U.S. Farmers," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 168930, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


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