HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

An Empirical Validation of the Primary and Moderating Effects of Income and Capital on Familiarity and Participation of Limited Resource Farm Producers (LRFPs) in USDA Agricultural Programs

Document Type

Article

Date

6-2017

Publication Title

Journal of Business & Economics Research

ISSN or ISBN

2157-8893

Volume

15

Issue

3

First Page

45

Last Page

54

Description

We present empirical findings on the problem of low participation rate of Limited Resource Farm Producers (LRFPs)1 in USDA programs. Our analysis is based on survey data directly sourced from LRFP population spread across twenty counties in Southern Virginia. The findings revealed that familiarity with and participation in USDA programs varied by type of farmers. While familiarity was moderate, participation was low. These main effects were moderated by access to capital. Our results broadly agree with findings from similar studies done on the subject in the past with an additional empirical insight that access to capital can enhance participation in USDA programs. We conclude the study with several practical ways for improving LRFP participation in USDA agricultural programs

DOI

10.19030/jber.v15i3.999

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