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Agricultural Contracting Update: Contracts in 2008

  • MacDonald, James M.
  • Korb, Penelope J.
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    Marketing and production contracts covered 39 percent of the value of U.S. agricultural production in 2008, up from 36 percent in 2001, and a substantial increase over 28 percent in 1991 and 11 percent in 1969. However, aggregate contract use has stabilized in recent years and no longer suggests a strong trend. Contracts between farmers and their buyers are reached prior to harvest (or before the completion stage for livestock)and govern the terms under which products are transferred from the farm. Contracts are far more likely to be used on large farms than on small farms, and they form one element in a package of risk management tools available to farmers. Production contracts are used widely in livestock production, while marketing contracts are important to the production of many crops.

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    Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Information Bulletin with number 101279.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2011
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