Montana State University

Agricultural Marketing Policy Center (AMPC)
Briefing Papers

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  • NewBriefing No. 117: U.S. Sugar and Sugar Beet Price Variability, Gary W. Brester & Case Stiglbauer, August 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 116: U.S. and World Sugar Prices, Gary W. Brester & Case Stiglbauer, August 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 115: Navigating Fertilizer Terminology, Monique Dutkowsky, Clain Jones, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith.
    September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 114: Potash Fertilizer Production, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 113: Phosphate Fertilizer Production, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 112: The Production of Urea: A Common Nitrogen Fertilizer, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 111: The Production of Ammonium Nitrate and Nitrogen Solutions (UAN), Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 110: Fertilizer Prices from the 1960s to 2014: A Brief Overview, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 109: International Agricultural Fertilizer Trade, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 108: Global Fertilizer Production, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing No. 107: An Overview of the U.S. Fertilizer Industry, Monique Dutkowsky, Gary Brester and Vincent Smith. September 2014

  • NewBriefing 57: Dry Peas: Trends in Production, Trade, and Price, Joseph P. Janzen, Gary W. Brester, & Vincent H. Smith, February 2014

  • NewBriefing 61: Lentils: Trends in Production, Trade, and Price, Joseph P. Janzen, Gary W. Brester, & Vincent H. Smith, February 2014

  • NewCRP Decision Software Tool, Joel Schumacher (EXCEL)

  • Briefing 105: Carbon Sequestration, Joel Schumacher and Vincent H. Smith, August 2012

  • Briefing 104: Risk Management Programs for Honey Bee Producers in Wyoming, James B. Johnson, Vincent H. Smith, John P. Hewlett (University of Wyoming), May 2011

  • Briefing 103: Livestock Risk Protection for Lamb in Utah, John P. Hewlett (University of Wyoming) & James B. Johnson, November 2010

  • Briefing 102: Evaluating the Farmer's Share-of-the-Retail-Dollar Statistic, Gary W. Brester, John M. Marsh, & Joseph Atwood, June 2010

  • Briefing 101: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP): Wyoming , Vincent H. Smith, James B. Johnson, & John Hewlett, February 2010

  • Briefing 100: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP): Montana, Vincent H. Smith & James B. Johnson, January 2010

  • Briefing 99: National Animal Identification Systems: Options for the United States and Implications for Montana, Gary W. Brester & Vincent H. Smith, July 2009

  • Briefing 98: Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Vegetation Index Insurance: A New Group Risk Plan in Wyoming, Vincent H. Smith, James B. Johnson, & John P. Hewlett, June 2009

  • Briefing 97: Net Metering in Montana, Cole Arthun & Joel Schumacher, May 2009

  • Briefing 96: Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Rainfall Index Insurance: A New Group Risk Plan Available in Montana, Vincent H. Smith, James B. Johnson, & John P. Hewlett, April 2009

  • Briefing 95: AGR-Lite: An Option for Montana Producers, Vincent H. Smith and James B. Johnson, April 2009

  • Briefing 94: Wind Energy Subsidies and Programs: US Federal and State of Montana Initiatives; Cole Arthun & Joel Schumacher, October 2008

  • Briefing 93: Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008: Program Changes and New Initiatives, George Haynes, Duane Griffith, & Vincent Smith, June 2008

  • Briefing 92: Feedstock Requirements for Large Scale 100 Million Gallon Biodiesel Production Facilities in Montana, Joel Schumacher and Vincent Smith, December 2007

  • Briefing 91: Commercial Biodiesel Production in Montana, Joel Schumacher, September 2007.

  • Briefing 90: Malt Barley Production, Brewer Demand, and Crop Insurance Options, Vincent H. Smith and Tony Cookson, September 2007.

  • Briefing 89: Biodiesel: Frequently Asked Questions , Joel Schumacher, August 2007.

  • Briefing 88: Small Scale Oilseed Processing, Joel Schumacher, May 2007.

  • Briefing 87: Large Scale Commercial Oilseed Processing, Joel Schumacher, May 2007.

  • Briefing 86: Oilseed Processing: An Overview, Joel Schumacher, May 2007.

  • Briefing 85: Ethanol Demand and Corn Prices: Impacts on Cattle and Hog Producers, John M. Marsh, March 2007.

  • Briefing 84: The Impacts of Resuming Canadian Cull Cow and Processing Beef Imports on U.S. Cull Cow Prices, Gary W. Brester, John M. Marsh, and Brenna Grant, February 2007.

  • NewBriefing 83: Livestock Risk Protection for Lamb in Wyoming: A Preliminary Review, James B. Johnson and John P. Hewlett, August 2007

  • Briefing 82: Livestock Risk Protection for Fed Cattle in Wyoming, James B. Johnson and John Hewlett, May 2006.

  • Briefing 81: Livestock Risk Protection for Swine in Wyoming, James B. Johnson and John Hewlett, May 2006.

  • Briefing 80:  Forage Production Risk Management in Montana-Crop Insurance, Gary W. Brester and James B. Johnson, November 2005

  • Briefing 79:  Livestock Marketing Issues:  Impacts on Feed Grain Producers, John M. Marsh, September 2005

  • Briefing 78:  Chickpea Production and Price Risk Management in the Northern Plains, Gary W. Brester and David Buschena, August 2005

  • Briefing 76:  Global and U.S. Wheat Gluten Industries:  Structure, Competition, and Trade, Michael Boland, Gary W. Brester, Mykel R. Taylor, Revised November 2005

  • Briefing 75:   An Overview of the Wheat Gluten Industry, Michael Boland, Gary W. Brester, Mykel R. Taylor, June 2005

  • Briefing 74:  The Impacts of U.S. Cattle Prices of Re-establishing Beef Trade Relations, John M. Marsh, Gary W. Brester, Vincent H. Smith,  February 2005

  • Briefing 73:  The Impacts of North American BSE Discoveries on U.S. and Canadian Cattle Prices, John M. Marsh, Gary W. Brester, Vincent H. Smith,  February 2005

  • Briefing 72:  Feed Grain Volatility and Effects on Feeder Cattle Producers, John M. Marsh, February 2005

  • Briefing 71: Demand and Supply Factors in the Feed Grain Market:  Effects on Corn Producers, John M. Marsh, February 2005

  • Briefing 70:  Loan Deficiency Payments for Commodities Harvested as Other-Than-Grain, Jim Johnson, December 2004

  • Briefing 69:  Montana Sweet Cherries, Jim Johnson, Jack Stivers, Gary Brester, September 2004.
    Detailed Budget Reflecting Costs by Month, Week (Cherry Production Costs 
    Per Acre, Lake County)


  • Briefing 68:  Exchange Rates and Montana Agriculture:  What are the Impacts?, Kevin McNew and Vincent Smith, May 2004

  • Briefing 67:  Relative Volatility in the U.S. Beef Market, John Marsh, May 2004

  • Briefing 66:  Managed Haying and Grazing of CRP, James B. Johnson, Glenn Patrick, Dennis Cash, April 2004

  • Briefing 65:  Crop Insurance for Cherries in Lake County, Montana, James B. Johnson, Jack Stivers, Gary Brester, April 2004

  • Briefing 64:  January 2004 Spatial Basis Report, Kevin McNew and Duane Griffith, February 2004

  • Briefing 63:  U.S. Beef Price Dynamics in 2003, John M. Marsh, January 2004

  • Briefing 62: Distribution of Cost Efficiencies in the Beef Marketing Channel, John M. Marsh, January 2004

  • REvisedBriefing 60: Canola and Rapeseed,  Vincent H. Smith and Jason Jimmerson, Revised November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 59: Mustard Seed, Vincent H. Smith and Jason Jimmerson, Revised November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 58: Safflower, Vincent H. Smith and Jason Jimmerson, Revised November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 56:  Flaxseed, Vincent H. Smith and Jason Jimmerson, Revised November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 55:  Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), Vincent H. Smith and Jason Jimmerson, Revised November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 51: Distributional Impacts of Country-of-Origin Labeling in the U.S. Meat Industry, Gary W. Brester, John Marsh, Jason Jimmerson, January 2004
  • Briefing 50:  Post NAFTA and the U.S. Beef Market. John Marsh, November 2003

  • Briefing 49:  U.S. and Canadian Currency Values and Exchange Rates, Vincent Smith, November 2003

  • Briefing 47:  Procedures for a New Producer to Establish Actual Production History for Crop Insurance Coverage, James. B. Johnson, October 2003 

  • REvisedBriefing No. 46: Livestock Risk Protection for Feeder Cattle, Gary W. Brester and James B. Johnson, November 2005

  • Briefing 45: The Impact of Canadian Wheat Imports on Regional U.S. Wheat Prices, Kevin McNew and Vincent H. Smith, August 2003

  • REvised  Briefing 39:  Forage and Rangeland Production Risk Management in Montana:  Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Gary W. Brester and James B. Johnson, November 2005

  • Briefing 38: Impacts on U.S. Cattle Producers from Changes in Retail Beef Demand, John M. Marsh, February 2003

  • Briefing 37: Japanese Import Demand for U.S. Beef and Pork, John M. Marsh, Gary W. Brester, and Dragon Miljkvoc, February 2003

  • REvisedBriefing 36: Harvested Roughage and Rangeland Production Risk Management in Montana-Crop Insurance, James B. Johnson, October 2003

  • Briefing 34: Technology Changes in the U.S. Beef and Pork Sectors, John M. Marsh and Gary W. Brester, February 2003

  • REvisedBriefing 33: Economic Issues Related to Chickpea Production in the Northern Plains, Gary W. Brester, David Buschena, and Kara Gray, January 2003

  • Briefing 32:  Evaluation of Beef Promotion Expenditures Under the U.S. Beef Checkoff Program, John M. Marsh, November 2002

  • Briefing 31: What is the Value of Cattle Quality Information? Evidence from Montana Beef Network, Kevin McNew and Gary Brester, September 2002

  • Briefing 29: Biotech Food Labeling and Consumer Response:  An Analysis of the Effects of Voluntary rBGH-free Labels on the Market for Fluid Milk, Kristen Kiesel, David Buschena, and Vincent Smith, August 2002

  • Briefing 28:  AUM's Available from Emergency Grazing of CRP and Estimated AUM Costs, James B. Johnson and Dennis Cash, March 2002

  • Briefing 27:  Using a MBM Calculator, Matt Dierson, November 2001

  • REvisedBriefing 16:  Expanded Crop Rotations & Price Risk Effect, Kevin McNew, November 2002

  • Briefing 15:  Loan Deficiency Payments & Minor Crops, Kevin McNew, November 2001

  • REvisedBriefing 14:  Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Jim Johnson, 
    November 2005

  • REvisedBriefing 13:  A Request for Actuarial Change, Jim Johnson, October 2003

  • Briefing 12:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Group Risk Plan Contracts, Vincent Smith, November 2001

  • REvised  Briefing 11:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Income Protection, Vincent Smith, October 2003

  • Briefing 10:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Revenue Assurance, Vincent Smith, November 2001

  • REvisedBriefing 9:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Crop Revenue Coverage, Vincent Smith, November 2002

  • REvisedBriefing 8:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs: Multiple Peril Crop Insurance & Catastrophic Coverage Policies, Vincent Smith, October 2003

  • Briefing 7:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Determining APH Yields, Vincent Smith, October 2003

  • Briefing 6:  Federal Crop & Crop Revenue Insurance Programs:  Optional, Basic, & Enterprise Units, Vincent Smith, October 2003

  • REvised  Briefing 5:  Economic Considerations of Crop Rotations, James B. Johnson and Gary Brester, November 2002