Research

The large body of research made available to the public at the Agricultural Issues Center website includes journal articles, working papers, data sets, and audio and video presentations on a wide variety of topics in agriculture and agricultural economics.

The research is broadly categorized by eight main topics, each of which is amalgamated into one of the topic archives below (also accessible from the site’s main menu bar). Many articles touch on more than one of these topics and thus appear in several of these archives.

Commodities & markets
Includes short industry profiles on important California commodities with an emphasis on production, marketing, consumption, value added, trade and price trends for these commodities in the last one to two decades.

Conservation & sustainability
In the past few decades, U.S. agriculture has steadily cleaned up its footprint on the landscape but major challenges remain. Conservation and sustainability research at AIC covers topics such as environmental policy, organic agriculture, climate change, farmland conversion, the impacts and effectiveness of the agricultural easement technique for protection of farmland from urbanization, and the increasing threat to California from invading insect, weed, and other pests or animal diseases from outside the state.

Costs & returns
AIC is now housing the Cost and Return Studies program, which publishes sample cost-of-production studies for many agricultural commodities can be downloaded for free from the Cost and Return Studies website, maintained by the UC Davis Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics.

Food security
Food security may be defined roughly as reliable access to a nutritionally adequate diet now and for the future. This area of research includes articles and publications relating this on state, national and international levels.

International issues
Examines the effects of international markets and trade policy on California agriculture, including the Chinese economic situation.

Management
Guidance on risk factors affecting California agriculture and mitigating strategies, covering areas such as crop choice, production, marketing, personnel and hired farm labor health and safety, agricultural labor management, and labor relations.

Public policy
A large area of AIC research deals with government policy issues affecting California agriculture, including the latest Farm Bill (the US revision of major food, farm, and rural policy that is updated approximately every five years), policy related to science and technology developments, and the challenges facing agriculture in an e-commerce world.

Wine & winegrapes
A major area of research at the AIC’s home base of UC Davis. Much of the AIC agricultural economic research occurs in collaboration with the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics.

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