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Washington Farm Growth and Diversification


  • Tristan D. Skolrud
  • Erik O'Donoghue
  • Richard Shumway
  • Almuhanad Melhim

    () (School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University)


Growth and diversification patterns of size cohorts in four Washington state agricultural industries between the 1992 and 2002 agricultural censuses are examined. Three industries (wheat, apples, and beef) show similar growth patterns. Two (wheat and apples) show similar diversification patterns. Dairy is unique on both measures.

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  • Tristan D. Skolrud & Erik O'Donoghue & Richard Shumway & Almuhanad Melhim, 2008. "Washington Farm Growth and Diversification," Working Papers 2008-25, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsu:wpaper:shumway-8

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    opportunistic agricultural; diversification patterns; dairy;

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    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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