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Implications Of Alternative Policies On Nitrate Contamination Of Groundwater

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  • Chowdhury, Manzoor E.
  • Lacewell, Ronald D.
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    This study estimates the cost effectiveness of alternative environmental policies for controlling nitrate contamination of groundwater in the Seymour aquifer region of Texas. Results from biophysical simulation model are integrated with a farm-level optimization model. The study also compares the cost of bottled water, used as the lower-bound estimate of benefits of groundwater protection, with the least costly environmental policy. Results indicate that the least-cost policy alternative for the region is about $1 million either to farmers or to the local government and it is approximately three times the cost of bottled water.

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    Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

    Volume (Year): 21 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 01 (July)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:30995

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    Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy;

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    1. Kim, C.S. & Taylor, Harold & Sandretto, Carmen L., 1999. "Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Soil/Water Nitrogen Testing: The Case Of Central Nebraska," 1999 Annual Meeting, July 11-14, 1999, Fargo, ND 35719, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Finger, Robert, 2011. "Reductions of Agricultural Nitrogen Use Under Consideration of Production and Price Risks," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 114356, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Bystrom, Olof & Bromley, Daniel W., 1998. "Contracting For Nonpoint-Source Pollution Abatement," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 23(01), July.
    4. Larson, James A. & Roberts, Roland K. & Tyler, Donald D. & Duck, Bob N. & Slinsky, Stephen P., 1998. "Nitrogen-Fixing Winter Cover Crops And Production Risk: A Case Study For No-Tillage Corn," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 30(01), July.
    5. Roberts, Roland K. & Larson, James A. & Tyler, Donald D. & Duck, Bob N. & Dillivan, Kim D., 1997. "Economic Analysis of the Effects of Winter Cover Crops on No-Tillage Corn Yield Response to Fertilizer Nitrogen," 1997 Annual Meeting, July 13-16, 1997, Reno\Sparks, Nevada 35851, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    6. Peter Nijkamp & Katrin Oltmer, 2004. "The Regional Self-Organizing Potential in Sustainable Agriculture: An Analysis of Co-operative Agreements on Nitrate Pollution by means of Rough Set Methods," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 04-116/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    7. Finger, Robert, 2012. "Nitrogen use and the effects of nitrogen taxation under consideration of production and price risks," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 13-20.
    8. Fleming, Ronald A. & Adams, Richard M. & Ervin, David E., 1998. "The Role Of Soil Test Information In Reducing Groundwater Pollution," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 23(01), July.
    9. Houston, Jack E. & Sun, Henglun, 1999. "Cost-Share Incentives And Best Management Practices In A Pilot Water Quality Program," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(01), July.

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