The impacts of production variability on the mississippi ginning industry

S. Boyd, D. Hudson

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Abstract

Agricultural production variability can have substantial impacts on agribusinesses that are dependent on that production. Cotton gins provide an example of such a business. This analysis addresses the impacts of production variability on the optimal organization of the ginning industry in Mississippi. A non-linear programming model is used to determine the optimal organization under two scenarios: (1) when cotton production is held at mean levels and (2) after accounting for production variability. In addition, the impacts of potential increases in acreage variability are explored. Findings suggest that the opportunity cost of variability in the level of production on the ginning industry is large. However, increases in acreage variability above historical levels are not expected to dramaticall change the optimal organization of the ginning industry in Mississippi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages304-310
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2000
EventBeltwide Cotton Conferences - Texas, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2000Jan 8 2000

Conference

ConferenceBeltwide Cotton Conferences
CountryUnited States
CityTexas
Period01/4/0001/8/00

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