Preferences for Marketing Arrangements by Potential Switchgrass Growers

This study analyzes factors influencing farmer interest in marketing switchgrass through contracts and/or joining a cooperative that harvests, transports, stores, and markets their switchgrass. Data are from a survey of farmers in 12 southern states. A bivariate probit analysis is used to estimate the effects of farm characteristics, farmer demographics, and opinions about switchgrass on marketing alternative preferences. Interest in contracting and joining a cooperative are positively influenced by farm size, on-farm storage, moderate off-farm income, and heightened importance of job creation in decision to produce switchgrass. Negative influences include concerns about planting/harvesting conflicts and expectation of ceasing farming soon.


Issue Date:
2011
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
Record Identifier:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/164702
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/164702
Published in:
Journal of Cooperatives, 25
Page range:
16-43
Total Pages:
28
JEL Codes:
Q13; Q40




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