Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture

7 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008

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Keith Fuglie

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

James M. MacDonald

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

V. Eldon Ball

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

Innovation and changes in technology have been a driving force for gains in productivity growth in U.S. agriculture. USDA's Economic Research Service has developed annual indexes of agricultural inputs, outputs, and total factor productivity (TFP) for 1948 through 2004. American agriculture relies almost entirely on productivity growth to raise output. By lowering the cost of agricultural commodities, productivity growth benefits not only farmers but also food manufacturers and consumers.

Keywords: Agriculture, productivity, productivity growth, total factor productivity,TFP, labor, farm economy, prices, agricultural research, agricultural output, technology, ERS, USDA

Suggested Citation

Fuglie, Keith and MacDonald, James M. and Ball, V. Eldon, Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture (September 2007). USDA-ERS Economic Brief No. 9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084980 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1084980

Keith Fuglie (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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James M. MacDonald

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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United States
(202) 694-5610 (Phone)

V. Eldon Ball

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

Economic Research Service
Washington, DC 20250
United States

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