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It is a softcover ebook released November, 2000, by means of the USDA place of work of Communications.

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But even when facing the same risks, farms vary in their ability to weather shocks. What do farmers themselves say about the risks they face? USDA’s 1996 Agricultural Resource Management Study (ARMS), conducted in the spring of 1997 (about a year after passage of the 1996 Farm Act), asked producers how concerned they were that certain types of risk could affect the viability of their farms. Three risk factors of greatest concern to farm operators were uncertainty regarding commodity prices, declines in crop yields or livestock production, and changes in government law and regulation.

In 1987-96, crop prices showed relatively more variability than livestock prices, largely because crop supplies are affected by swings in crop yields while livestock supplies have been more stable—although recent variability in the hog market illustrates that some exceptions exist. Crops that exhibited the highest price variability (deviations exceeding 20 percent above or below the mean) include dry edible beans, pears, lettuce, apples, rice, grapefruit, and grain sorghum (figure 4-1). The variability of beef cattle, milk, and turkey prices was less than 10 percent, perhaps reflecting lower production risk and, in the case of milk, the existence of a Federal dairy program.

Compares mean pesticide use between adopters and nonadopters within 1997 and within 1998 for a given technology, crop, and region, and applies that average to total acres producing each crop in each year. ■ Year-to-year differences. Estimates aggregate differences in pesticide use between 1997 and 1998, based on increased adoption of GE crops between those 2 years and average total pesticide use by both adopters and nonadopters. ■ Regression analysis. Estimates differences in pesticide use between 1997 and 1998, with an econometric model controlling for factors other than GE crop adoption that may affect pesticide use.

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