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Modeling Pine as a Carbon-Sequestering Crop in Arkansas

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  • Smith, S. Aaron
  • Popp, Michael P.
  • Nalley, Lawton Lanier
  • Brye, Kristofor R.

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This study estimates the impact of carbon offset payments on land use choices, net producer returns, and carbon sequestration. Loblolly pine is added to traditional cropping choices as a designated carbon-sequestering crop. With a carbon offset price of $15 per ton, pine enters land use on 10 percent of pasture acres. At $30, loblolly pine significantly increases in acreage in areas traditionally planted in row crops. The analysis suggests that the addition of pine as a carbon-sequestering crop can affect land use, add to producer returns, and sequester additional carbon relative to producer choice sets that exclude pine.

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  • Smith, S. Aaron & Popp, Michael P. & Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Brye, Kristofor R., 2012. "Modeling Pine as a Carbon-Sequestering Crop in Arkansas," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 41(2), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:132532
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    1. Wailes, Eric J. & Chavez, Eddie C., 2010. "Updated Arkansas Global Rice Model," Staff Papers 94347, University of Arkansas, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
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    3. Popp, Michael P. & Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Vickery, Gina B., 2008. "Expected Changes in Farm Landscape with the Introduction of a Biomass Market," Environmental and Rural Development Impacts Conference, October 15-16, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri 53501, Farm Foundation, Transition to a Bio Economy Conferences.
    4. Popp, Michael P. & Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Vickery, Gina B., 2010. "Irrigation Restriction and Biomass Market Interactions: The Case of the Alluvial Aquifer," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 42(01), February.
    5. Popp, Michael & Nalley, Lanier & Vickery, Gina, 2010. "Irrigation Restriction and Biomass Market Interactions: The Case of the Alluvial Aquifer," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 42(01), pages 69-86, February.
    6. Hardie, Ian W., 1984. "Comparative Rents For Farmland And Timberland In A Subregion Of The South," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(02), December.
    7. Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Popp, Michael P., 2010. "Modeling the Effects of Cap and Trade and a Carbon Offset Policy on Crop Allocations and Farm Income," 2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado 60931, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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