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Characteristics and Risk Management Needs of Limited-Resource and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

  • Dismukes, Robert
  • Harwood, Joy L.
  • Bentley, Susan E.

Small U.S. farms and those run by socially disadvantaged minority operators tend not to purchase insurance or to participate in insurance-type programs operated by USDA. This report traces the lack of use of such risk management measures to several characteristics of such farmers, who include females, blacks, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and operators of Spanish origin. These farmers tend, more than the typical U.S. farm, to raise livestock rather than crops, and there are no government-sponsored insurance-type programs for livestock.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Information Bulletins with number 33622.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersab:33622
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