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  • Farm Milk Production, Marketing and Processing Activities in Kiruhura District: A Situational Report

    The main purpose of the study was for AgShare team from Makerere University to share the agricultural skills and knowledge with Kiruhura farmers, and equip them with better milk handling and marketing skills through experience sharing and feedback meetings. The vision of the project is to contribute to the development of a healthier and a wealthier livestock based community in Africa, by...

  • Dairy Products Quality and Safety Module

    This module equips the student with a broad knowledge of quality assurance and quality management related to the safety of milk products. It further aims to provide and understanding of government regulations related to quality assurance and how to apply quality management tools to collect, organize and evaluate data. 

  • Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Policies

    This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. This lesson helps the learner identify policies from which we can benefit and ways in which policies can be influenced.

  • Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 4: Specific Applications and Impacts of Agricultural Policies

    This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. The aim of this lesson is to describe the various levels of policy implementation and illustrate strengths and shortcomings of policies at the production...

  • Conditions Necessary for Private Investment in the Ethanol Industry

    While agricultural economics literature has become rife with the economics of ethanol production and cellulosic ethanol feedstock production, little has been written about capital investment necessary for the magnitude of industry development mandated by the Energy Security and Independence Act of 2007. Financing the development of the ethanol industry to meet the 36 billion gallon...

  • Designing Rainfall Insurance Contracts for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage

    In the paper, preliminary results of the analysis of potential use of climate forecast information in designing rainfall index insurance in the southeastern region of the U.S. are reported. Joint distributions of bi-monthly rainfall and El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indexes are estimated using copula analysis of historical data. The risk reducing effectiveness of introducing premiums...

  • Using Linked Household-level Datasets to Explain Consumer Response to BSE in Canada

    Household-level Canadian meat purchases from 2002-2008, household-level egg purchases from 2002-2005 and Food Opinion Survey in 2008 were used to understand how consumers who have different concerns about nutrition react to BSE events and how beef consumption after BSE discoveries were shaped by consumers concerns of food safety and their trust of government and the industry decision makers...

  • Economic Analysis of Johne's Disease Control Strategies in Dairy Herds

    Infectious diseases play a critical role in determining the profitability of individual farms and maintaining the viability of livestock industries, international trade, and trade policies. Thus, it is critical to analyze the economic consequences of infectious diseases, and the effects of producer strategies to control or eliminate diseases in a cost efficient approach. Also, important is...

  • The Influence of Endogenous Nutrition Knowledge on Consumers? Willingness-To-Pay for Grass-Fed Beef

    The relationship between nutrition knowledge and consumers’ food behavior has been debated for years. This may be partially attributed to the difficulty introduce by endogeneity of nutrition knowledge in econometric modeling. Using grass-fed beef as a vehicle, this paper investigates the impacts of consumers’ nutrition knowledge on their willingness to pay by accommodating the endogeneity...

  • Determinants of Meats Purchase Behavior by Ethnic Groups

    Farmers and food companies need to assess their production and marketing strategies for nurturing business opportunites that will arise from the simultaneous increase in population and income of Hispanics in the United States. Previous studies on demand for meat have not received much attention on the determinants of meats purchase behavior by Hispanics in relation to other ethnic groups....

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