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Off-Farm Employment Effects on Adoption of Nutrient Management Practices

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  • Gedikoglu, Haluk
  • McCann, Laura M.J.
  • Artz, Georgeanne M.
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    Off-farm income as a share of total farm household income has been increasing. Previous studies found inconsistent results regarding the impact of off-farm income on adoption of conservation practices. We test the hypothesis that off-farm employment has a positive impact on adoption of capital incentive practices and a negative impact on adoption of labor-intensive practices. The results confirm that adoption of injecting manure into the soil, a capital intensive practice, is positively and significantly impacted by off-farm employment of the operator. However, off-farm employment variables had no effect on adoption of record keeping.

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    Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:117778

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    Keywords: adoption; nutrient management; off-farm income; Environmental Economics and Policy; Livestock Production/Industries;

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