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Are Loan Deficiency Payments Too Low In Iowa?



As part of the Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) program, when a county's posted county price (PCP) falls below the county's loan rate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agrees to pay the producer the difference between the two. Because 1998 corn and soybean prices have fallen below the loan rate for the first time, grain farmers will now rely on LDPs for a significant proportion of their income. The authors examine the differences between loan rates for Iowa and surrounding states, and conclude that Iowa farmers would obtain significant income increases by using other states' LDP rates (with the exception of Wisconsin).

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  • Bruce A. Babcock & Dermot J. Hayes & Phillip Kaus, 1998. "Are Loan Deficiency Payments Too Low In Iowa?," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 98-bp20, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ias:cpaper:98-bp20

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    1. Parcell, Joseph L., 2002. "Crop Basis Patterns In The Presence Of Spatial Competition And Government Intervention," Working Papers 26043, University of Missouri Columbia, Department of Agricultural Economics.
    2. Alexander E. Saak, 2002. "Location and Marketing under Marketing Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Payment Programs," Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) Publications 02-wp297, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.
    3. Parcell, Joseph L., 2000. "The Impact Of The Ldp On Corn And Soybean Basis In Missouri," 2000 Conference, April 17-18 2000, Chicago, Illinois 18932, NCR-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.

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