The Seed Industry in U.S. Agriculture: An Exploration of Data and Information on Crop Seed Markets, Regulation, Industry Structure, and Research and Development
by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo
Agriculture Information Bulletin No. (AIB-786) 81 pp, February 2004
Unprecedented growth in crop yields and agricultural total factor productivity over the past 70 years owes much to biological innovation embodied in seeds, beginning with the development of hybrid crops in the United States in the early part of the 20th century, continuing with the Green Revolution of the 1960s and early 1970s, and, more recently, modern biotechnology. Throughout this period, the seed industry has evolved. This publication explores data and information on crop seed markets, regulation, industry, and R&D relating to the U.S. seed industry.
Keywords: seed markets, seed costs and prices, regulation, plant breeding, field crops, ERS, USDA
In this publication...
- Abstract, Acknowledgments, and Contents,
- Background: The Science of Seed,
- Improved Seed Is a Major Contributor to Crop Yield Gains and Agricultural Productivity,
- Purchased Seed Use, Purchase Value, and Trade Have Grown in Recent Decades,
- Regulations Have Affected the Seed Industry,
- Seed Industry Structure Is Characterized by Growth and Consolidation,
- Mergers and Acquisitions Rose in the Past Three Decades,
- Roles of Private and Public Sector R&D in Crop Seed Have Shifted,
- Introductions and Trials of New Varieties Are Increasing Over Time,
- Entire Report,
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