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Assessing the Market for Poultry Litter in Georgia: Are Subsidies Needed to Protect Water Quality?

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  • Mullen, Jeffrey D.
  • Bekchanov, Ulugbek
  • Karali, Berna
  • Kissel, David
  • Risse, Mark L.
  • Rowles, Kristin
  • Collier, Sam

Abstract

Concerns about nutrient loads into our waters have focused attention on poultry litter applications. Like many states with a large poultry industry, Georgia recently designed a subsidy program to facilitate the transportation of poultry litter out of vulnerable watersheds. This paper uses a transportation model to examine the necessity of a poultry litter subsidy to achieve water protection goals in Georgia. We also demonstrate the relationship between diesel and synthetic fertilizer prices and the value of poultry litter. Results suggest that a well functioning market would be able to remove excess litter from vulnerable watersheds in the absence of a subsidy.

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  • Mullen, Jeffrey D. & Bekchanov, Ulugbek & Karali, Berna & Kissel, David & Risse, Mark L. & Rowles, Kristin & Collier, Sam, 2011. "Assessing the Market for Poultry Litter in Georgia: Are Subsidies Needed to Protect Water Quality?," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(04), November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:117948
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    1. Carreira, Rita I. & Young, Kenneth B. & Goodwin, Harold L., Jr. & Wailes, Eric J., 2007. "How Far Can Poultry Litter Go? A New Technology for Litter Transport," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(03), December.
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    Keywords

    fertilizer; phosphorous; poultry litter; subsidy; transportation model; water quality; Environmental Economics and Policy; Marketing; Q12; Q13; Q25; Q53;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling

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