U.S. Farm Businesses and the Role of Debt: Use Patterns and Key Trends


Laura C. Hughes (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies

Farm businesses’ debt-use decisions can affect their growth and survival, as well as the economic vitality of farm-dependent rural communities. Thus policymakers, agricultural lenders, and other farm-sector participants closely follow trends in farm debt. This book is a primer on the use of debt by U.S. farm businesses for policymakers, researchers, and others interested in the financial well-being of U.S. agriculture. It presents data on basic debt-use patterns by farm businesses (in 2011, over 900,000 farms operated as farm businesses based on their size, organizational structure, or the occupation of their principal operator) and explores key trends over 20 years. U.S. farm debt use varies widely by farm size, specialization, operator age, and other farm characteristics.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii

Chapter 1
Debt Use By U.S Farm Businesses, 1992-2011
(Jennifer Ifft, Amirdara Novini, Kevin Patrick)
pp. 1-22

Chapter 2
The Debt Finance Landscape for U.S. Farming and Farm Businesses
(J. Michael Harris, James Johnson, John Dillard, Robert Williams, Robert Dubman)
pp. 23-106

pp. 107-110

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