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The Manure Hits the Land: Economic and Environmental Implications When Land Application of Nutrients Is Constrained


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  • Jonathan D. Kaplan
  • Robert C. Johansson
  • Mark Peters
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    The discharge of manure nutrients into area waters from confined animal feeding operations is considered a leading contributor to U.S. water quality impairments. An option to mitigate these impairments is to constrain land application of manure. When these constraints are particularly binding, due to minimal acceptance of manure as a substitute for commercial fertilizer, potentially large and unanticipated changes in returns to agricultural production and water quality may occur. Moreover, some of the cost of meeting the constraints is passed on to consumers through higher prices and to a portion of rural economies through lower production rates and labor expenditures. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 86 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 688-700

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:86:y:2004:i:3:p:688-700

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    1. Aillery, Marcel P. & Gollehon, Noel R. & Johansson, Robert C. & Kaplan, Jonathan D. & Key, Nigel D. & Ribaudo, Marc, 2005. "Managing Manure To Improve Air And Water Quality," Economic Research Report 33593, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Baerenklau, Kenneth A. & Nergis, Nermin & Schwabe, Kurt A., 2007. "Effects of Nutrient Restrictions on Confined Animal Facilities: Insights from a Structural Model," 2007 Annual Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2007, Portland, Oregon 10253, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. Ellen Moons & Sandra Rousseau, 2007. "Policy options for afferorestation in Flanders," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces0701, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
    4. Key, Nigel D. & McBride, William D. & Mosheim, Roberto, 2008. "Decomposition of Total Factor Productivity Change in the U.S. Hog Industry," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 40(01), April.
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    8. Obubuafo, Joyce & Gillespie, Jeffrey M. & Paudel, Krishna P. & Kim, Seon-Ae, 2006. "Knowledge, Application and Adoption of Best Management Practices by Cattle Farmers under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program - A Sequential Analysis," 2006 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2006, Orlando, Florida 35307, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    9. Kaufman, James & Kalaitzandonakes, Nicholas G., 2011. "Mitigating environmental externalities in livestock production through feed biotechnologies," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 104(9), pages 770-780.
    10. Iho, Antti & Parker, Doug & Zilberman, David, 2013. "Optimal Regional Policies to Control Manure Nutrients to Surface and Ground Waters," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149922, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    11. Osei, Edward, 2008. "Macro Level Economic Evaluation of Manure Application Rates Using CEEOT-MMS," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6240, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    12. O'Donoghue, Erik J. & MacDonald, James M. & Nehring, Richard F., 2005. "At What Rate Do Farmers Substitute Manure For Commercial Fertilizers?," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19252, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    13. Johansson, Robert C. & Livingston, Michael J. & Westra, John V. & Guidry, Kurt M., 2006. "Simulating the U.S. Impacts of Alternative Asian Soybean Rust Treatment Regimes," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 35(1), April.


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