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The Effects of Direct Payments on Liquidity and Repayment Capacity of Beginning Farmers

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  • Kropp, Jaclyn D.
  • Katchova, Ani L.

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U.S. decoupled direct payments, paid to farm operators based on historic yields and base acreage under the 2002 Farm Bill, may alter a farmer’s access to credit or his ability to meet debt servicing obligations. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 are used. We find a positive significant relationship between the level of direct payments (in dollars) and the term debt coverage ratio for experienced farmers, suggesting that direct payments improve repayment capacity. However, this relationship is not significant for beginning farmers. We also find a negative significant relationship between the number of base acres and the current ratio for experienced farmers, while this relationship lacks significance for beginning farmers. We provide evidence that decoupled direct payments impact a farmer’s liquidity and repayment capacity. This paper also contributes to the growing body of research investigating the mechanisms by which decoupled payments have the potential to distort current production.

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  • Kropp, Jaclyn D. & Katchova, Ani L., 2011. "The Effects of Direct Payments on Liquidity and Repayment Capacity of Beginning Farmers," Staff Papers 164516, University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics.
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    1. Bruce L. Ahrendsen & Ani L. Katchova, 2012. "Financial ratio analysis using ARMS data," Agricultural Finance Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 72(2), pages 262-272, July.
    2. Ani L. Katchova & Mary Clare Ahearn, 2016. "Dynamics of Farmland Ownership and Leasing: Implications for Young and Beginning Farmers," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 38(2), pages 334-350.
    3. Williamson, James M. & Katchova, Ani L., 2013. "Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Beginning and Low-Equity Farmers: The Case of ‘Aggie Bonds’," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0, pages 1-12, August.
    4. Soliwoda, Michał, 2014. "Bezpieczeństwo Finansowe Gospodarstw Rolniczych W Polsce Z Perspektywy Wspólnej Polityki Rolnej," Village and Agriculture (WieÅ› i Rolnictwo), Polish Academy of Sciences (IRWiR PAN), Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, vol. 0(Number 16).
    5. Katchova, Ani & Ahearn, Mary, 2015. "Farmland Assets and Growth Trends for Young and Beginning Farmers in the U.S," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211839, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    6. Katchova, Ani L. & Ahearn, Mary Clare, 2014. "Farmland Ownership and Leasing: Implications for Young and Beginning Farmers," Staff Papers 184725, University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics.
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    Keywords

    Agricultural and Food Policy; Agricultural Finance; Financial Economics;

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    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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