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New Government Report: Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry

Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry: Producers Adapt to a Changing Market

by Linda Foreman & William McBride
Paperback, 20 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437986624

The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 eliminated tobacco quotas and tobacco price supports and allowed producers to plant any amount or type of tobacco regardless of geographic location. Flue-cured tobacco producers (FCTP) made greater adjustments to their operations after the buyout than did burley tobacco producers (BTP). FCTP were more likely to increase tobacco acres per farm, pushing up the tobacco acreage per farm at a faster rate compared with BTP. They also invested more per farm after 2004. With over 75% of tobacco farms using hired or contract labor in 2008, the availability and cost of workers have become increasingly important to tobacco producers. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Energy Use in the U.S. Food System

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System
by Pattrick Canning
Paperback, 39 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437930336

“Energy is an important input in growing, processing, packaging, distributing, storing, preparing, serving, and disposing of food. In the U.S., use of energy along the food chain for food purchases by or for U.S. households increased between 1997 and 2002 at more than six times the rate of increase in total domestic energy use. This increase in food-related energy flows is over 80% of energy flow increases nationwide over the period. The use of more energy-intensive technologies throughout the U.S. food system accounted for half of this increase, with the remainder attributed to population growth and higher real per capita food expenditures. Food-related energy use as a share of the national energy budget grew from 14.4% in 2002 to 15.7% in 2007.”

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