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This study used 30 years of continuous data for 135 farms in Kansas to explore changes in productivity using Malmquist productivity indices. The indices were used to determine whether there was productivity convergence or divergence in Kansas farms. The results showed that there was significant divergence among the farms and not a tendency for farms to catch-up to the same levels of productivity as the top farms in the sample. The average annual productivity growth over the sample period, 1979-2008, was 0.50 percent. The top farms based on MPI were larger in terms of value of farm production, crop farm income and livestock farm income and received a larger percentage of their income from oilseeds, feed grains, and swine than the other farms on average and relatively less of their income from small grains.

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