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Virginia Farmers' Soil Conservation Decisions: An Application Of Tobit Analysis

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  • Norris, Patricia E.
  • Batie, Sandra S.

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Using data from a survey of farm operators in two Virginia counties, the authors analyze farmers' soil conservation decisions. Results indicate that financial factors, including income and debt, are the most important influences on the sample farmers' use of conservation practices. Additional factors such as perception of erosion, education level, off-farm employment, and tenancy also influence conservation expenditures. Factors influencing conservation tillage acreage differ from those influencing expenditures for other conservation practices. In particular, age and race of the operator and on-farm erosion potential are significantly related to the use of conservation tillage but not other practices. These results are discussed in terms of their implications for conservation programs.

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  • Norris, Patricia E. & Batie, Sandra S., 1987. "Virginia Farmers' Soil Conservation Decisions: An Application Of Tobit Analysis," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 19(01), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:sojoae:29310
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    1. Hoover, Herbert & Witala, Marc, 1980. "Operator and Landlord Participation in Soil Erosion Control in the Maple Creek Watershed in Northeast Nebraska," Economics Statistics and Cooperative Services (ESCS) Reports 143687, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Feder, Gershon & Just, Richard E & Zilberman, David, 1985. "Adoption of Agricultural Innovations in Developing Countries: A Survey," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 33(2), pages 255-298, January.
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