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Amber Waves: The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

September 2007

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Photo:  Ethanol Plant

by Paul Westcott

Explosive growth of ethanol production brings adjustments to U.S. agriculture that reach far beyond the corn sector.

Photo: Collage of Euro bills and stock listings
U.S. Trade Growth: A New Beginning or a Repeat
of the Past?

by Erik Dohlman and Mark Gehlhar

After years of declining export growth, new forces shaping U.S. agricultural trade point to a resurgence in exports and slowing import growth.

Photo: Man at a meat counter

U.S. Consumers Had Short-Term Response to First BSE Announcements

by Fred Kuchler and Abebayehu Tegene

Food safety news following the discovery of infected cattle increased consumers’ awareness of BSE but did not affect beef purchases beyond a brief period.

Photo: Dairy farmer

Low Costs Drive Production to Large Dairy Farms

by James M. MacDonald, William D. McBride,
and Erik J. O’Donoghue

Profits and losses lead to fewer small dairy farms and more large operations.