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Statement At The Hearing On Costs And Benefits Of Domestic Offsets, Dermot J. Hayes Dec 2009

Statement At The Hearing On Costs And Benefits Of Domestic Offsets, Dermot J. Hayes

Economics Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

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The Impact Of Biofuels Policy On Agribusiness Stock Prices, Fatma Sine Tepe, Xiaodong Du, David A. Hennessy Sep 2009

The Impact Of Biofuels Policy On Agribusiness Stock Prices, Fatma Sine Tepe, Xiaodong Du, David A. Hennessy

CARD Working Papers

Corn markets are important for many industries, including the seed, fertilizer, meat production/processing and agricultural machinery sectors, all of which are highly concentrated. Oligopoly theory suggests that corn input and field equipment suppliers likely benefit from policies that support corn markets, such as U.S. biofuels policy, while meat companies are likely adversely affected. Employing a linear two-factor (S&P 500 and corn prices) equilibrium asset pricing model, this study investigates the impact of biofuels policy on U.S. agribusiness and food processing firm stock prices. Conditional heteroskedasticity in stock returns is accounted for using a GARCH(1,1 ...


Towards And Integrated Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Model: Greenhouse Gases From Agriculture Simulation Model (Greenagsim), Jerome R.F. Dumortier, Dermot J. Hayes May 2009

Towards And Integrated Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Model: Greenhouse Gases From Agriculture Simulation Model (Greenagsim), Jerome R.F. Dumortier, Dermot J. Hayes

Economics Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

The present model aims to quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from changes in agricultural activity on a global scale. It is based on the FAPRI Agricultural Outlook Model, which is used to project changes in agricultural activity in approximately 35 countries and regions covering 13 crops (grains, oilseeds, rice, cotton, sugar) and two major livestock categories (cattle and swine). The FAPRI model is used to project the impact of policy changes on agriculture, and then the GreenAgSiM model is used to calculate the impact of these changes on GHG emissions. The GreenAgSiM model can be used to evaluate the GHG ...


Remodeling Your Production System, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence Feb 2009

Remodeling Your Production System, Derrell S. Peel, John D. Lawrence

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference

Production systems developed and optimized with $1.25/lb calves, $2/bu corn, $40/ton hay, $30/acre pasture rents and $150/ton nitrogen need to be re-evaluated in the light of higher input costs and cheaper calves. Economic returns to cowherds depend on both revenue and costs. Both of these depend on your production system and most if not all the pieces interact within the system of production, marketing and management. Following an overview of the economic implications of changing market conditions, we discuss a few of the critical factors that producers should evaluate and before deciding to remodel ...


Investigating The Feasibility Of Establishing Food Processing And Distribution Centers For Western Iowa, Patrick Garrity Jan 2009

Investigating The Feasibility Of Establishing Food Processing And Distribution Centers For Western Iowa, Patrick Garrity

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

With increasing enthusiasm for local food in western Iowa, there is interest in production, purchasing and processing of items grown in the region. This study examined the capacity, skills, and demands for local food in this area.


Improving The Impact And Benefits Of Usda Research And Grant Programs To Enhance Mid-Size Farm Profitability And Rural Community Success, Jon Bailey Jan 2009

Improving The Impact And Benefits Of Usda Research And Grant Programs To Enhance Mid-Size Farm Profitability And Rural Community Success, Jon Bailey

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A review of four USDA grant programs in 2001 and 2002 found that only a small percentage of the programs served the needs of small and mid-size farmers.


Developing A Rural Renaissance Community Index: A Multi-Disciplinary Project With Research And Outreach Elements, Ann Marie Fiore, Linda S. Niehm, Christopher Seeger, Jessica L. Hurst, Daniel Russell, Steven Garasky, Sara J. Kadolph Jan 2009

Developing A Rural Renaissance Community Index: A Multi-Disciplinary Project With Research And Outreach Elements, Ann Marie Fiore, Linda S. Niehm, Christopher Seeger, Jessica L. Hurst, Daniel Russell, Steven Garasky, Sara J. Kadolph

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The main purpose of this project was to develop a multi-functional instrument to capture information about the relative attractiveness of rural community features, including retail offerings, to the Creative Class as well as other prospective residents.


Television Shopping: The Effect Of Persuasive Strategies On Parasocial Interaction, Subjective Well-Being, And Impulse Buying Tendency Among Older Women, Min-Sun Lee, Ann Marie Fiore Jan 2009

Television Shopping: The Effect Of Persuasive Strategies On Parasocial Interaction, Subjective Well-Being, And Impulse Buying Tendency Among Older Women, Min-Sun Lee, Ann Marie Fiore

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Conference Proceedings and Presentations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of persuasive strategies on middle-aging and older consumers' perceived parasocial interactions and consequent effects on perceived social involvement, perceived loneliness, mood, perceived, risk, and impulse buying tendency in the television home shopping environment.


A Study Of The Factors That Influence Consumer Attitudes Towards Beef Products Using The Conjoint Market Analysis Tool, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend, Dermot J. Hayes, Steven M. Lonergan Jan 2009

A Study Of The Factors That Influence Consumer Attitudes Towards Beef Products Using The Conjoint Market Analysis Tool, Brian E. Mennecke, Anthony M. Townsend, Dermot J. Hayes, Steven M. Lonergan

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

Beef producers looking for a competitive edge in today's markets need information about the qualities that consumers consider most important. Using conjoint marketing analysis allowed the investigators to sort out the most relevant characteristics for meat purchasers.


Plan Demonstration Farm To Include Farm Business Incubator And Educational Use, Linda Barnes, Tom Diemerley, Norman Mccoy Jan 2009

Plan Demonstration Farm To Include Farm Business Incubator And Educational Use, Linda Barnes, Tom Diemerley, Norman Mccoy

Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports

A farm plan was created to guide land use decisions for the demonstration farm at the Midwest Center for Entrepreneurial Agriculture in Marshalltown, Iowa.


Iowa Agritourism Consumer Profile: Demographics, Preferences, And Participation Levels, Melissa Sue Nasers Jan 2009

Iowa Agritourism Consumer Profile: Demographics, Preferences, And Participation Levels, Melissa Sue Nasers

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Agritourism is becoming increasingly popular across the country as agricultural producers open their farms to guests seeking entertainment or educational activities. This study obtained current information from prospective agritourism visitors to identify service and amenity preferences of consumers and explore the current level of participation in Iowa agritourism operations. Data were gathered through completion of a voluntary questionnaire handed out to a random sample of Iowa consumers, over the age of 18, attending the 2008 Iowa State Fair. The questionnaire data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The information obtained will be used to aid in the continued development of the ...


Improving Sustainability Of The Corn-Ethanol Industry, Paul W. Gallagher, Hosein Shapouri Jan 2009

Improving Sustainability Of The Corn-Ethanol Industry, Paul W. Gallagher, Hosein Shapouri

Economics Publications

Two criteria based on characteristics of plant growth establish when bio-fuels can provide sustainable energy for society. The first criteria: enough solar energy stored during plant growth becomes available for man's use. Pimentel's early evaluation of the US ethanol industry calculated the ratio of BTUs in ethanol: BTUs from fossil energy of com and ethanol production at less than one. He concluded that ethanol is not sustainable energy, and questioned the industry's existence. Recent energy balance ratios that include adjustments for co-product feed and higher energy efficiency in corn/ethanol production suggest a moderate contribution from captured ...


Roles For Evolving Markets, Policies, And Technology Improvements In U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry Development, Paul W. Gallagher Jan 2009

Roles For Evolving Markets, Policies, And Technology Improvements In U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry Development, Paul W. Gallagher

Economics Publications

This article reviews changes in markets, technologies, and policies that affect corn ethanol profit - ability and industry expansion. Historically, the corn ethanol industry was stimulated by high petrofuel prices, successful corn and processing technology improvements, and government incentives, such as a blenders’ tax credit and mandated markets defined by the leaded fuel ban and reformulated fuel. Presently, the corn ethanol industry has expanded slightly beyond the point of a normal capital return, which is defined by limits on corn resource availability and ethanol marketing infrastructure. A renewable fuel standard, included in a recent energy law, may eventually define minimum consumption ...