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Research

Areas of Research

OreCal conducts research in the following four areas:

  1. Agricultural Economies and the Environment
  2. Rural Families, Households, and Economies
  3. Risk Management for Specialty Crops
  4. Consumers, Food, and Nutrition

Research Ideas and Models

OreCal can help policy makers and resource managers answer questions such as these:

  • How do changes in commodity, conservation, and safety net programs affect farm income, local economies, and water quality?
  • How should crop or revenue risk management programs for specialty crops be redesigned to provide insurance benefits with minimal distortions?
  • How would reduced commodity support affect food prices and consumer access to nutritious food?
  • How do water quality regulations influence the economic viability of farming and the health of wildlife?
  • What policies will help farmers prosper in a changing environment?

Some of the models that will be employed include:

  • Regional Spatially-Explicit Land Use Modeling
  • Tradeoff Analysis Model for Multi-Dimensional Impact Assessment
  • Models to Assess Agriculture-Wide and Rural Economic Interactions of Commodity Policy Change
  • Household-level and Community-level Policy Impact Models
  • Regional Computable General Equilibrium Models
  • Multi-regional Urban-core/Rural-periphery Input-output Models
  • Models of Dairy Policy in a Global Context
  • Risk Management Models
  • Crop Insurance and the PRISM Climate Mapping System
  • Consumer, Food and Nutrition Frameworks