The Center for Food and Agricultural Business continually strives to achieve a deeper, more comprehensive understanding our key clients' customer markets through timely and relevant research activities. The research team's primary focus is on discerning and understanding the key demographics, decision-making processes, business relationships, and economic situations of producers and retail input suppliers. The center also conducts several issue-oriented research projects with implications for agribusiness clientele in all sectors of the food and agriculture industry.
Purdue University is one of the few land grant universities with access to the USDA Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The ARMS is an annual survey of more than 14,000 producers conducted jointly by the USDA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This unique dataset focuses on the cultural practices, financial performance, and household decision-making characteristics of U.S. farmers.
The center uses the data from this survey to examine producer characteristics in a wide array of areas. One example of how the center uses this data is a recently completed project that identifies a new classification system for farm types based on household decision-making. This new system helps differentiate between "ruralpolitan" producers and full-scale, large producers, and is providing useful insights into how agribusinesses market and sell their products and services.
To explore our current or recent research projects in more detail, click on any of the links below. If you are interested in learning more about any of our research projects, contact Professor Mike Gunderson, associate director of research.
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One of the more important functions served by the faculty and staff at the Center for Food and Agricultural Business is to serve as a source for new ideas, concepts and thoughts. One means by which we accomplish this is writing articles that appear in magazines, journals and other print and electronic publications. This section of our website allows you the opportunity to browse through our latest thinking, sorting by category, date, authors or keyword.