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Food and the Mid-Level FarmRenewing an Agriculture of the Middle$
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Thomas A. Lyson, G. W. Stevenson, and Rick Welsh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262122993

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.001.0001

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The Effect of Laws That Foster Agricultural Bargaining: Apple Growers in Michigan and New York State

The Effect of Laws That Foster Agricultural Bargaining: Apple Growers in Michigan and New York State

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(p.179) 10 The Effect of Laws That Foster Agricultural Bargaining: Apple Growers in Michigan and New York State
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Food and the Mid-Level Farm
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Shelly Grow

Amy Guptill

Elizabeth Higgins

Thomas A. Lyson

Rick Welsh

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262122993.003.0010

This chapter explores the role of protective laws for agricultural growers in fostering the development of agricultural bargaining cooperatives, using the examples of New York and Michigan apple growers. It presents a study according to which the apple growers from Michigan received higher prices for apples from 1969 to 2002, but with decreasing price benefit. Importing apples, especially from China, was considered by growers to be the main reason for the shrinking profit. The chapter concludes with the importance for the growers of being members of a bargaining cooperative backed by protective laws, because it helps them to reap better profit than non-members.

Keywords:   laws, agricultural growers, bargaining cooperative, apple growers, apple prices, import

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