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Determinants of farmer adoption of organic production methods in the fresh-market produce sector in California: A logistic regression analysis

  • Anderson, Jamie B.
  • Jolly, Desmond A.
  • Green, Richard D.
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    This research uses binomial and multinomial logistic regression models to identify the factors that influence farmers’ adoption of organic technology. Using a sample of 175 farmers growing fresh-market produce in three California counties, the first model examines farmers’ choice between conventional-only and organic-only production. The second model compares conventional-only and "dual-method" (combined conventional and organic) production, while the third model employs all three choices in a multinomial model. These results, which indicate that gross sales, direct marketing, number of crops and acres, farmer age, and computer usage are significant determinants, have implications on policies that regulate the organic foods sector.

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    Paper provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2005 Annual Meeting, July 6-8, 2005, San Francisco, California with number 36319.

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    4. Michael Burton & Dan Rigby & Trevor Young, 1999. "Analysis of the Determinants of Adoption of Organic Horticultural Techniques in the UK," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(1), pages 47-63.
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