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Organic Pest Management Decisions: A Systems Approach

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  • Park, Timothy A.
  • Lohr, Luanne

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Organic farmers make system-level crop protection decisions that combine complementary insect, disease, nematode, and weed management strategies. Data from a national survey of U.S. organic farmers were used in a multivariate count data model to identify the farm and regional factors influencing adoption across the linked pest management categories. The results showed that weed management requires the greatest management effort by organic farmers. More intensive information-seeking and on-farm experimentation, higher educational attainment, and intensity of commitment to organic farming were positively related to the number of weed control strategies adopted. Predictions of adoption based on this model and customized to farm and region specifications will give information providers lead time to develop technical support for reduced chemical pest management systems.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada with number 22070.

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  1. Paragahawewa, Upananda Herath, 2009. "To fence or not to fence: A partial probit analysis," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51026, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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