Agricultural Economics Department


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Selected Paper, American Agricultural Economics Association Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, July 24-27, 2005. This research is being funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Rapid global climate change as represented by rising temperatures and more erratic and severe weather events has heightened the interest in how farmers use weather information. Due to the food supply being so essential, it behooves us to pay attention to this phenomenon, and especially to put effort into understanding how farmers will respond and adapt to information about climate generally and forecasts in particular. To reduce the negative effects of climate on crop production and enhance field operations, the best weather information needs to be influencing farmer decisions.