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Marketing alternatives for agriculture in developed countries

Authors
Journal
World Development
0305-750X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0305-750x(77)90061-4
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science

Abstract

Abstract Alternatives, some new and some in use in parts of US agriculture, are examined for their possible application. Electronic markets for spot commodities and perhaps for future delivery contracts offer improvements for open markets. Exclusive agency bargaining may be the model for farmers with neither open markets nor vertically-integrated cooperatives. Those farmers who seek control of much of the market channel need to consider tighter forms of cooperation and forward integration. Governmental assistance would be needed in implementing several of the above as well as in provision of Marketing Orders or Boards, mandatory price reporting, and the ensuring of more competition in agribusiness.

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