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FSRG grant activity:

Under Development

2015 USDA-AFRI, “A Dynamic Analysis Of Food Retailing And Vertical Channel Pricing?” Research addresses imperfect competition, asymmetric pricing, and consumer/producer welfare for four food products.

2015 USDA-AFRI, “The global potash/potassium market: trade flows and pricing under a cartel.” Research evaluates the impacts of potash supply cartels operating in the three largest potash export nation.

Recently Funded

2014-2016: USDA-AFRI, Evaluating the ag input sector: GM seed adoption, pricing, and competition. Grant to study the demand for agricultural inputs in the biotechnology era.

2010-2013: USDA-AFRI, Dynamic Technology Adoption: Biotech Seeds, Pricing, and Markets. Grant to study the structural impacts of large ag biotech firms on the cotton, soybean, and corn sectors in the U.S.

2007-2009: Hatch, Strategic Behavior in the U.S. Meat Processing Industry. Grant to develop dynamic models of oligopoly patterns of switching between competition and coordination.

Working Papers and Research in Progress:

Area under construction: Currently, FSRGs affliated faculty are working on projects addressing issues in the ag biotech seed sector, food demand issues, international trade in agriculture, and vertical channel anaysis of the U.S. food system.

FSRG publications:

Structural Changes in Food Retailing: Six Country Case Studies, edited by Kyle W. Stiegert and Dong Hwan Kim, November 2009


Kun Huang and Kyle Stiegert. Evaluating a Supermarket Merger Event: The Case of Copps and Kohl’s in Madison WI, March 2009.


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    The mission of the Food System Research Group (FSRG), Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is to support and conduct research on emerging issues regarding the economic performance of U.S. and global food and agricultural markets.