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Farmers buying plant food from cooperatives paid 8 percent less per ton than those buyingfrom other firms. On the average, farmers paid $361 per ton of nutrient from cooperativesin 1975, compared with the $392 they paid noncooperatives. This pricedifferential of $31 a ton saved cooperative patrons close to $200 million that year.These savings did not include patronage refunds declared to farmers on their 1975 purchasesor any potential savings from restraints the cooperative presence may have hadon the overall market. Nor did the study include data on differences, if any, infertilizer services provided by the cooperatives versus noncooperatives.

Keywords: Farms ; Fertilizers ; Financing ; Prices ; Bulk blends ; Cooperative marketing strategy ; Cooperatives ; Cost differentials ; Market situation ; N-P materials ; National differences ; Plant food ; Product variations

Subject(s): Agricultural Finance

Crop Production/Industries


Issue Date: 1979-05

Publication Type: Report

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Total Pages: 40

Series Statement: FCRR




Farmer Cooperative Research Report (FCRR)

Record appears in: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) > Economic Research Service > Farmer Cooperative Research Report (FCRR)

Author: Vogelsang, Donald L.


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