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Irrigation and Potential Diversification Benefits in Humid Climates

  • Lonnie R. Vandeveer (a1), Kenneth W. Paxton (a1) and David R. Lavergne (a1)

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Income variability and means for managing risk continue to receive much attention in farm management research. In this paper, irrigation is presented as a risk-management strategy that offers potential diversification benefits. Potential diversification opportunities largely result from a wider range of enterprise production activities. A portfolio analysis of dryland and irrigated farm scenarios indicates that income stabilizing and diversification effects of irrigation substantially modify the risk-return position of a typical farm in northeast Louisiana. Safety-first considerations along with Target MOT AD programming procedures also are used to evaluate the impact of irrigation on the farm's financial performance.

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Irrigation and Potential Diversification Benefits in Humid Climates

  • Lonnie R. Vandeveer (a1), Kenneth W. Paxton (a1) and David R. Lavergne (a1)

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