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Uncertainty about prices, yields, Government policies, and foreign markets means that risk management plays an important role in many farm business decisions.

Government programs addressing farm risk management have played a larger role in U.S. farm policy in recent years; in crop year 2013, producers enrolled more than 295 million acres in the Federal crop insurance program, and Government insurance subsidies exceeded $7 billion.

ERS analyzes farm business risks and risk management strategies, as well as Government programs that address farm risk management. Strategies investigated include:

  • Yield and revenue insurance,
  • Futures and options,
  • Contracting sales and purchases,
  • Enterprise diversification,
  • Debt management and credit availability, and
  • Off-farm employment.

 

Last updated: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

For more information contact: Erik O'Donoghue