Voting for Mandatory Agricultural Producer Organizations: New Evidence from California
Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
Ohio State University
Friday, March 9, 2018
Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Mandatory agricultural producer organizations (MAPOs) provide a mechanism by which farmers can collectively fund industry-wide services that may be difficult to provide through a voluntary approach. In this article, we employ two novel data sets to explore why farmers vote to continue MAPOs. We consider two industries in California with different organizations and levels of support for these organizations the fresh peach and nectarine industry and the rice industry. Using survey data we collected and referendum ballot data from the USDA, we identify similarities and differences in significant factors relating to MAPO referendum votes in the two industries. We find the quantity of production of the MAPO crop to be an important factor in both industries. Other significant factors vary by industry and organization.