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Managing Risk in Farming: Concepts, Research, and Analysis

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Joy Harwood, Richard Heifner, Keith Coble, Janet Perry, Agapi Somwaru
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Risks confronted by grain and cotton farmers are of particular interest in the United States, given the changing role of the Government after passage of the 1996 Farm Act. With the shift toward less government intervention in the post-1996 Farm Act environment, a more sophisticated understanding of risk and risk management is important to help producers make better decisions in risky situations and to assist policymakers in assessing the effectiveness of different types of risk protection tools. In response, this report provides a rigorous, yet accessible, description of risk and risk management tools and strategies at the farm level. It also provides data on farmers' assessments of the risks they face, their use of alternative risk management strategies, and the changes they would make if faced with financial difficulty.