Source: LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY submitted to
ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF RICE PRODUCTION AND RICE FARMING OPERATIONS IN LOUISIANA
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0213950
Grant No.
(N/A)
Project No.
LAB93905
Proposal No.
(N/A)
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
(N/A)
Project Start Date
Apr 1, 2008
Project End Date
Mar 31, 2013
Grant Year
(N/A)
Project Director
Salassi, M. E.
Recipient Organization
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
202 HIMES HALL
BATON ROUGE,LA 70803-0100
Performing Department
AGRI ECONOMICS & AGRIBUSINESS
Non Technical Summary
The economic viability of rice production is influenced by many factors. Some of the more important factors impacting the economics of rice production include variety development, alternative rice production technologies and cultural practices, input costs, rough rice market prices and farm policy. The primary purpose of this project is to evaluate various factors associated with rice production as a single enterprise and within a whole-farm context with the goal of analyzing the impact of these factors on producer net returns.
Animal Health Component
100%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
100%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
6011530301080%
6101530301020%
Goals / Objectives
The general objective of this project is to conduct economic evaluations of physical, technological, economic, and farm policy factors affecting the production of rice, as a single enterprise, and the management of commercial rice farming operations, within a whole-farm context, in Louisiana. Specific objectives: (1) Identify and prioritize rice production and farm management issues and problems facing Louisiana rice producers. (2) Develop and maintain a representative set of annual production cost estimates for rice and other major crop enterprises grown in the rice producing areas of Louisiana. (3) Evaluate the relative economic feasibility of alternative rice production technologies within a single enterprise context. (4) Evaluate the impact of physical, technological, economic, and farm policy factors on the enterprise mix, resource allocation, and economic performance of rice farms within a whole farm context. Expected output from this project includes economic analysis of fators associated with rice production in Louisiana and will be disseminated by means of presentations and publications.
Project Methods
Data to accomplish the objectives of this study will be obtained from a variety of sources. Identification of rice production and farm management issues and problems facing Louisiana rice producers (Objective 1) will be conducted by communication with state rice industry groups as well as by communication with extension personnel, experiment station scientists with rice research responsibilities, and other individuals in the rice industry. Researchable problems will be formulated with emphasis on the economic dimensions of identified relevant issues. Primary data necessary to develop enterprise cost and returns budgets for rice and other major crop enterprises in the rice growing areas of Louisiana (Objective 2) will be obtained through periodic surveys of rice producers on an as needed basis. Representative samples of rice producers in Louisiana will be surveyed, either individually or in groups (panel farms), to obtain input use, tillage practices, and other production practice information concerning the production of rice and other crops. Enterprise budgets will be developed annually using the Mississippi State Budget Generator (MSBG) microcomputer software package. Enterprise budgets for rice and other major crops produced on rice farms will be developed for relevant soil type, tenure arrangement, production technology, and farm size situations. Evaluation of the relative economic feasibility of alternative rice production technologies within a single enterprise context (Objective 3) will encompass an array of studies related to the particular production and management practices used to produce rice in Louisiana. Enterprise budgeting, economic engineering, and risk analysis will be used to estimate the costs and returns and evaluate the relative price and production risks associated with alternative production practices. The evaluation of farm management issues and problems associated with rice production in Louisiana (Objective 4) will analyze the impact of physical, technological, economic, and farm policy factors on the enterprise mix, resource allocation, and economic performance of rice farms within a whole farm context. Enterprise budgeting, economic engineering, mathematical programming, and risk analysis procedures, through the use of net return simulation procedures, will be used to analyze how various factors identified in Objective 1 will influence the profitability and mix of crops produced on rice farms, the impact on the resources available to rice farms and how they will be utilized in production, and how these factors will affect the economic returns of rice farms over a period of time. Data necessary to conduct these whole farm studies will be obtained from both primary and secondary sources.

Progress 04/01/08 to 03/31/13

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Research results from this project over the project period were published in peer-reviewed journals and departmental reports as well as presented at a variety of professional meetings including the Rice Technical Working Group, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, and Delta Region Farm Management and Agricultural Policy Working Group, as well as at several rice producer clientele meetings within Louisiana. PARTICIPANTS: Michael Salassi (PI), Michael Deliberto, and Tyler Carlson, LSU AgCenter. TARGET AUDIENCES: Audiences for this project included rice growers, consultants and agricultural lenders, as well as researcher and extension personnel working in the areas of farm management, production ecnomics and farm policy. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
The goal of the project has been to provide information relative to the economic aspects and consequences of farm production decisions related to rice production and improve the knowledge base of growers for a variety of production decisions. Annual reports of projected costs and returns for rice and competing crops provided growers with valuable planning information at the beginning of each crop year. Economic analysis of rice production in Louisiana, including variety selection, weed control, irrigation power source and others, informed rice producers the economic implications of decision choice alternatives. Agronomic and economic research on the impact of lodged plants at harvest time on rough rice market price demonstrated financial impacts of condition and underscored the importance of identifying production practices to reduce the likelihood of lodged rice. Finally, evaluation of existing and proposed farm bill options relative to the rice program provided knowledge to growers on the economic and financial consequences of farm program changes. Research results from the this project have contributed to the ability of rice producers in Louisiana in making more informed farm management and crop production decisions.

Publications

  • Carlson, Tyler P., Eric P. Webster, Michael E. Salassi, Jason A. Bond, Justin B. Hensley and David C. Blouin, 'Economic Evaluation of Imazethapyr Rates and Timings on Rice,' Weed Technology, 26(1):24-28, 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns: Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2012, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 281, January 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected 2012 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2012-01, January 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Analysis of the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program on Louisiana Rice Production Economics, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2012-05, April 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Analysis of the Agricultural Risk Coverage Program With a $13 per Cwt. Reference Price on Louisiana Rice Production Economics, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2012-06, April 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Rice Production Economics Research in 2011,' Rice Research Station 103rd Annual Research Report, Rice Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, pp. 325-327, 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Lodged Rice Impacts Milling Yield and Price,' Rice Research Station News, LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, Vol. 9, No. 4, p. 3, November 2012.
  • Salassi, Michael E. and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns - Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2013, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 289, January 2013.
  • Salassi, Michael E. and Michael Deliberto, Projected 2013 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2013-02, January 2013.


Progress 01/01/11 to 12/31/11

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Information generated by this research project was disseminated through four refereed publications, eight other articles, two presentations at professional conferences, and six presentations at clientele meetings. PARTICIPANTS: M.E. Salassi (PI), E. Webster, M. Deliberto, T. Carlson, LSU AgCenter. TARGET AUDIENCES: Targer audiences for the results of this research project include rice producers and other segments of the rice production sector in Louisiana. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
Economic evaluation of field studies was conducted near Crowley, Louisiana, to evaluate the addition of different propanil formulations in mixture with a standard imazethapyr program. Weeds included red rice, barnyardgrass, Texasweed, and alligatorweed. Rough rice yield and economic returns were maximized when the propanil formulations of Propanil 1 or Propanil 3 were mixed with imazethapyr in early postemergence applications. The addition of propanil to imazethapyr increased rough rice yield and economic returns because of improved weed control. Rice enterprise production cost budget projections for 2011 were developed for alternative rice production systems in Louisiana. Rice production costs were estimated for the following types of rice production systems: water planted, drill planted, conventional variety, Clearfield variety, hybrid variety, conventional tillage, stale seedbed, in rotation, and fallow land. The base yield level for Southwest Louisiana was 65.0 cwt per acre for water- and drill-planted rice. Variable production costs ranged from $9.84 to $10.78 per cwt for water-planted and drill-planted rice production systems with a base yield level of 65.0 cwt per acre. Cost differences were influenced by use of conventional or herbicide-resistant variety, conventional versus stale seedbed tillage system, and rice production in rotation or on fallow land. Total projected rice production costs for 2011 ranged from $9.88 to $12.03 per cwt for water-planted rice and from $9.69 to $11.06 per cwt for drill-planted rice at the base yield level of 65.0 cwt per acre. An economic evaluation of farm bill commodity recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction were evaluated for rice and other major row crops in the state. Commodity income support programs were compared relative to income protection over time for a variety of shallow loss income suppport programs as well as commodity programs with fixed reference prices. These commodities were not all in the same economic situation regarding price, yield and production cost risk. No single program worked well for every major commodity.

Publications

  • Carlson, Tyler, Eric Webster, Michael Salassi, Justin Hensley, and David Blouin, Imazethapyr plus Propanil Programs in Imidazolinone-resistant Rice, Weed Technology, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 204-211, April-June 2011.
  • No, Sung C., and Michael E. Salassi, Examining Economic Efficiency of Government Grading System: In the Case of U.S. Rough Rice, Research in World Economy, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 2-13, April 2011.
  • Deliberto, Michael, and Michael Salassi, Hybrid Rice Production Possibilities in the Southern Rice Producing Region, J. Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, 2011, pp. 42-48.
  • Harrell, Dustin L., Timothy W. Walker, Michael E. Salassi, Jason A. Bond, and Patrick D. Gerard, Modeling Rice Grain Yield Response to Nitrogen Fertilization for Delayed-Flood Production, J. Plant Nutrition, Vol. 34, pp. 2158-2171, October 2011.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2011, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 272, January 2011.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected 2011 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2011-01, January 2011.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Kurt M. Guidry, P. Lynn Kennedy, J. Matthew Fannin and Michael A. Deliberto, Evaluation of Grain Facility Lease Proposals to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge by Cargill, Inc. and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, LLC, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2011-04, February 2011.
  • Webster, Eric P., Tyler P. Carlson and Michael E. Salassi, Spend, Make More: Propanil mixed with Newpath increases Clearfield rice yields, if weeds treated early, Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 10-11, Winter 2011.
  • Webster, Eric P., Tyler P. Carlson, Michael E. Salassi and Jason A. Bond, Apply Newpath Early: Maximize returns of Clearfield rice, Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 12-13, Winter 2011.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Rice Production Economics Research in 2010, LSU Agricultural Center Rice Research Station Annual Research Report, 2010, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, pp. 260-262.
  • Webster, Eric P., Tyler P. Carlson and Michael E. Salassi, Residual Herbicides Improve Profits with Clearfield Rice, Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 18-19, Summer 2011.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Comparison of Farm Bill Commodity Recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction for Rice, Corn, Soybeans and Cotton in Louisiana, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2011-12, November 2011.


Progress 01/01/10 to 12/31/10

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Projected production costs for rice and related crop enterprises were developed for producers farm enterprise planning. Production cost estimates were developed for alternative rice production systems, including conventional and conservation tillage practices, as well as conventional and herbicide-resistant rice varities. An Excel-based producer decision aid was also developed to assist in estimating rice enterprise income and expenses. PARTICIPANTS: Michael E. Salassi, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, principal investigator. Michael Deliberto, Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, research assistant. TARGET AUDIENCES: Rice producers of Louisiana PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
Outcomes from this research project provides useful farm planning information to rice producers in Louisiana. Research results from the evaluation of alternative production practices, farm programs options, and alternative farm management decisions provides rice producers with information to assist them in making farm decisions to maximize net returns. Initial fields tests were conducted to obtain estimates of the impact of downed rice prior to harvest on rice grain milling quality and market price received as well as the impact on harvest costs. A study was also conducted that estimated the differences in Clearfield and Clearfield-hybrid rice variety production.

Publications

  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2010-01, January 2010.
  • Deliberto, Michael A., and Michael E. Salassi, Hybrid Rice Production Costs and Returns: Comparisons with Conventional & Clearfield Varieties, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2010-06, April 2010.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Rice Economics Production Research in 2009,' LSU Agricultural Center Rice Research Station Annual Report, 2009, pp. 246-248.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Potential Magnitude of the Impact on Rice Income and Expenses from Harvesting Downed Rice due to Adverse Weather, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2010-07, July 2010.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael A. Deliberto, Estimating Rice Combine Harvest Cost: Performance Rate, Capital Cost, Operating Cost, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2010-08, August 2010.
  • Deliberto, Michael A., and Michael E. Salassi 'Evaluating Gross and Net Share Rents in Louisiana Rice Production,' Proceedings, 33rd Rice Technical Working Group, LSU Agricultural Center, p. 69, 2010.
  • Deliberto, Michael A., and Michael E. Salassi, 'The ACRE Program Determining the Impact of this Whole Farm Payment Program on Louisiana Rice Producers,' Proceedings, 33rd Rice Technical Working Group, LSU Agricultural Center, p.83, 2010.
  • Carlson, T.P., M.E. Salassi, E.P. Webster, S.L. Bottoms, J.B. Hensley, and J.A. Bond, 'Economic Evaluations of Imazethapyr Rates and Timings,' Proceedings, 33rd Rice Technical Working Group, LSU Agricultural Center, p.159, 2010.
  • Deliberto, Michael A., and Michael E. Salassi, Production Economics Comparison of CLEARFIELD vs. CLEARFIELD Hybrid Rice Varieties , LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2010-10, December 2010.
  • Salassi, Michael E, Timothy W. Walker, and Randall G. Mutters (editors), Proceedings, Thirty-Third Rice Technical Working Group, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 2010.
  • Deliberto, Michael A., and Michael E. Salassi, 'Evaluation of Crop Rental Arrangements in the Louisiana Rice Producing Region of the United States,' Journal of International Farm Management, Vol. 5, Ed. 3, October 2010.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2010, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 265, January 2010.


Progress 01/01/09 to 12/31/09

Outputs
OUTPUTS: A research study was completed which analyzed the assignment of enterprise costs in a rice crawfish crop rotation system. Results identified costs imposed on the rice enterprise by the inclusion of crawfish in the crop rotation. Projected production cost estimates for rice production systems in Louisiana were developed and published for use by producers and financial lenders. A spreadsheet based decision tool was also developed to aid producers in farm planning decisions. A report was developed which highlighted the economics importance of agricultural research and extension in Louisiana. As part of this report, the economic value of increased rice production, resulting from higher yielding rice varieties released from the Rice Research Station over the past several years was included. The Average Crop Revenue Election Program was analyzed to see how it would operate for rice producers in Louisiana. A report was developed providing information about this new program to rice producers. PARTICIPANTS: Michael E. Salassi, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, principal investigator. Michael Deliberto, Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, research assistant. Sung No, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, research assistant. TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audience for this researc project are rice producers in Louisiana. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.

Impacts
Output from this research project provides useful farm planning information to rice producers in Louisiana. Research results from the evaluation of alternative production practices, farm programs options, and alternative farm management decisions provides rice producers with information to assist them in making farm decisions to maximize net returns.

Publications

  • Salassi, Michael E., Michael A. Deliberto and Eric P. Webster, 'Assignment of Enterprise Costs and Implications for Land Tenure in Rice/Crawfish Crop Rotation Systems,' Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, pp. 43-50, 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Chapter 9: Rice Production Economics,' Rice Production Handbook, Johnny Saichuk, editor, LSU Agricultural Center, pp. 116-118, June 2009.
  • No, Sung C., and Michael E. Salassi, 'A Sequential Rationality Test of USDA Preliminary Price Estimates for Selected Program Crops: Rice, Soybeans and Wheat,' International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 15, pp. 470-482, 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2009, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 259, January 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected 2009 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2009-02, January 2009.
  • Johnson, Lawrence E., Michael E. Salassi, and John K. Saichuk, 'Rice Outlook,' 2009 Outlook for Louisiana Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Publication No. 3048, pp. 21-23, April 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., J. Matthew Fannin, Kurt M. Guidry, Michael A. Dunn and Gail L. Cramer, Economic Importance of Agricultural Research and Extension to Louisiana, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, May 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program, How It Will Operate For Louisiana Rice Farms, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2009-08, June 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Will ACRE Work for Rice Alternative Option to Counter-Cyclical Program for 2009,' Rice Farming Magazine, pp.14-15, June 2009.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Rice Production Economics Research,' Rice Research Station Annual Report, 2008, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, pp. 258-261, 2009.


Progress 01/01/08 to 12/31/08

Outputs
OUTPUTS: Projected production costs for rice, as well as soybeans, wheat and sorghum, were developed for the 2008 crop year, showing projected variable and fixed production costs per acre based on recent input price surveys. These cost projections were published in a report and disseminated in pdf form on the internet. A spreadsheet based rice cash flow model was developed which included projected costs, yields, and farm program provisions for the 2008 crop year. This cash flow model was disseminated to rice producers by email and was published for download on the internet. A study was conducted to evaluate the impact of crawfish production, as a rotational crop, on the rice enterprise. Results were presented at grower meetings and published in a report available on the internet. Estimates of the costs associated with conversion of rice irrigation pumping plants from diesel to electric power were developed and published in a report. Results were presented at grower meetings and published in a report available on the internet. PARTICIPANTS: Not relevant to this project. TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audience for this research project are the rice producers of Louisiana. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Not relevant to this project.

Impacts
The projected rice production cost report provides rice producers with planning information which can be used for projecting income and expenses on rice farming operations in Louisiana. The spreadsheet based rice cash flow model is a decision tool which allows rice producers to project 2008 rice crop income and expenses and to evaluate the impact of yield changes and other factors on net returns. Results from the crawfish rice rotation study quantified the impact on the economics of associated rice enterprise, specifically the loss of rice ratoon crop income and additional herbicide expenses on rice following crawfish. The cost analysis of rice irrigation pumping plant conversion from diesel to electric provided rice growers with capital investment and operating cost estimates which can be used to consider conversion of irrigation systems to electric power.

Publications

  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Projected Costs and Returns, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat and Sorghum, Southwest Louisiana, 2008, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, A.E.A. Information Series No. 252, January 2008.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Projected 2008 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2008-01, January 2008.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Follow the Cash Flow: Spreadsheet Helps Rice Growers Project Income/Expenses,' Rice Farming Magazine, February 2008, pp.16-17.
  • Johnson, Gene, Michael E. Salassi, and John K. Saichuk, 'Rice Outlook,' 2008 Outlook for Louisiana Agriculture, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2008-03, March 2008, pp.22-24.
  • Salassi, Michael E., Michael A. Deliberto and Eric P. Webster, Evaluating the Economic Impact of Crawfish Production on the Rice Enterprise in a Rice/Crawfish Crop Rotation System, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2008-04, March 2008.
  • Salassi, Michael E., 'Enterprise Production Costs: Rice/Crawfish Rotation Provides a unique Illustration,' Rice Farming Magazine, April 2008, pp.10-11.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael A. Deliberto, Examining Cropland Rental Arrangements for Rice Production in Louisiana, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2008-06, June 2008.
  • Salassi, Michel E., 'Rice Production Economics Research' 99th Annual Research Report - Rice Research Station, 2007, LSU Agricultural Center, pp. 287-290, 2008.
  • No, Sung Chul, and Michael E. Salassi, 'A Sequential Rationality and Efficiency Test of U.S. Department of Agriculture Program Crop Price Estimates: Rice, Wheat and Soybeans,' selected paper abstract, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 716, August 2008.
  • Salassi, Michael E., and Michael Deliberto, Economic Considerations in Conversion from Diesel to Electric Rice Irrigation Pumping Systems, LSU Agricultural Center, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Staff Report No. 2008-14, December 2008.