Feature Papers in the Fields of Agricultural Economics, Policies and/or Rural Management

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

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This Special Issue of the journal Agriculture, entitled “Agricultural Economics, Policies and/or Rural Management”, aims to publish high-quality papers that advance our understanding of issues and challenges in areas of agricultural economics, development policies and/or rural management, broadly defined.

This Special Issue aims to publish a set of feature papers in the fields of agricultural economics, policies and/or rural management. Since the audience of this section is global, the Section Editor-in-Chief welcomes articles from a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, which engage with and contribute to sustainable agriculture and/or rural development. The focus of this Special Issue is on economic analysis and policies relevant for agricultural and/or rural sectors. Articles addressing contemporary issues dealing with agriculture and food economics, development policies, ICT, agribusiness, climate change, sustainable agriculture, productivity and efficiency, poverty and sustainable livelihoods, rural–urban migration and rural management are especially welcomed. The Special Issue also welcomes critical reviews and syntheses of the current state of affairs and emerging themes in agricultural economics, policies and rural management.

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Keywords

  • agricultural economics and policy
  • food economics and food security
  • productivity and efficiency
  • technological progress in agriculture
  • sustainable agriculture
  • circular economy in agriculture
  • agribusiness and marketing
  • climate change
  • ICT in agriculture
  • rural management
  • poverty and sustainable livelihoods

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Assessment of the Environmental Public Goods of the Organic Farming System: A Lithuanian Case Study
by Anastasija Novikova, Renata Zemaitiene, Renata Marks-Bielska and Stanisław Bielski
Agriculture 2024, 14(3), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture14030362 - 23 Feb 2024
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Organic farming is a farming system that combines environmental farming practices, a high degree of biodiversity, and the protection of natural resources. All these environmental services are used in society as public goods, contributing to societal welfare. Understanding the opinions of residents on [...] Read more.
Organic farming is a farming system that combines environmental farming practices, a high degree of biodiversity, and the protection of natural resources. All these environmental services are used in society as public goods, contributing to societal welfare. Understanding the opinions of residents on these environmental public goods is essential because they are both consumers and financial contributors to the common agricultural policy. Therefore, it is imperative to further existing scientific knowledge in the field of consumer behaviour. Using Lithuania as a case study, the present study focuses on analysing societal opinion and willingness to pay (WTP) with respect to the environmental public goods (reflected in three components: the reduction in water, soil, and air pollution) of organic farming. This study uses the contingent valuation (CV) method to obtain the WTP for public goods. The median WTP was calculated for multiple environmental public goods from organic agriculture, excluding the protest zero. This study revealed that the residents of Lithuania understood the contribution of organic farming in creating environmental public goods and were concerned about environmental issues. It was crucial for them to have a clean environment with, for example, better drinking water quality, lower air pollution and soil erosion. The application of the CV method showed a median WTP of EUR 24.58 annually per family for environmental public goods. The preference towards environmental public goods differs depending on the socioeconomic characteristics and knowledge about organic farming. These findings provide quantitative information regarding the demand for the environmental effects of organic farming, which could be useful for policy-makers. Such research could also prove useful in setting the future direction of the common agricultural policy. The example of Lithuania was used to present a universal research problem that concerns European countries, especially those in the European Union. Full article
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An Assessment of the Spatial Diversification of Agriculture in the Conditions of the Circular Economy in European Union Countries
by Renata Matysik-Pejas, Małgorzata Bogusz, Kamila Daniek, Monika Szafrańska, Łukasz Satoła, Andrzej Krasnodębski and Paweł Dziekański
Agriculture 2023, 13(12), 2235; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13122235 - 3 Dec 2023
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The level of agricultural development in European Union countries is characterized by great diversity. This is due to differences in natural conditions, the type of agricultural production, agrarian fragmentation, and the level of economic development. The concept of a circular economy is the [...] Read more.
The level of agricultural development in European Union countries is characterized by great diversity. This is due to differences in natural conditions, the type of agricultural production, agrarian fragmentation, and the level of economic development. The concept of a circular economy is the latest vision of changing the current economic systems, the assumptions of which constitute an alternative to the linear model of resource use. The implementation of the principles of a circular economy aims to create a system that will contribute to the implementation of sustainable development. This could be a strategy to support agriculture in the absence of agricultural land and water resources. This research aimed to identify and assess the spatial diversification of agricultural production-economic conditions and their links with the circular economy at the level of EU countries. The basis for grouping countries was synthetic measures obtained in the areas of agriculture and the circular economy. The analyses were performed for 2012 and 2020. The obtained results indicate the existence of significant spatial dependencies in the development of agriculture and the circular economy. Countries with a higher level of agricultural development were also higher in the ranking of the advancement of the implementation of the circular economy concept. Full article
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Climatic Damage Cause Variations of Agricultural Insurance Loss for the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States
by Erich Seamon, Paul E. Gessler, John T. Abatzoglou, Philip W. Mote and Stephen S. Lee
Agriculture 2023, 13(12), 2214; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13122214 - 29 Nov 2023
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Agricultural crop insurance is an important component for mitigating farm risk, particularly given the potential for unexpected climatic events. Using a 2.8 million nationwide insurance claim dataset from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this research study examines spatiotemporal variations of over [...] Read more.
Agricultural crop insurance is an important component for mitigating farm risk, particularly given the potential for unexpected climatic events. Using a 2.8 million nationwide insurance claim dataset from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this research study examines spatiotemporal variations of over 31,000 agricultural insurance loss claims across the 24-county region of the inland Pacific Northwest (iPNW) portion of the United States from 2001 to 2022. Wheat is the dominant insurance loss crop for the region, accounting for over USD 2.8 billion in indemnities, with over USD 1.5 billion resulting in claims due to drought (across the 22 year time period). While fruit production generates considerably lesser insurance losses (USD 400 million) as a primary result of freeze, frost, and hail, overall revenue ranks number one for the region, with USD 2 billion in sales, across the same time range. Principal components analysis of crop insurance claims showed distinct spatial and temporal differentiation in wheat and apples insurance losses using the range of damage causes as factor loadings. The first two factor loadings for wheat accounts for approximately 50 percent of total variance for the region, while a separate analysis of apples accounts for over 60 percent of total variance. These distinct orthogonal differences in losses by year and commodity in relationship to damage causes suggest that insurance loss analysis may serve as an effective barometer in gauging climatic influences. Full article
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