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Stochastic Dynamic Optimization And Rangeland Investment Decisions

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  • Lambert, David K.
  • Harris, Thomas R.

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One of the most uncertain resources for a western beef cattle ranch is the availability of reliable spring forage. The impact on ranch equity position and income variability of investments in crested wheatgrass seedings designed to stabilize spring forage supplies is examined. Expected ending net worth under stochastic forage production and cattle prices is maximized subject to secondary safety-first objectives. Seedings increase expected ending net worth and increase annual net ranch incomes after plant establishment.

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  • Lambert, David K. & Harris, Thomas R., 1990. "Stochastic Dynamic Optimization And Rangeland Investment Decisions," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 15(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32071
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    1. Fishburn, Peter C, 1977. "Mean-Risk Analysis with Risk Associated with Below-Target Returns," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 67(2), pages 116-126, March.
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    1. Deaton, Brady J. & San, Nu Nu, 1999. "Feasibility Of Integrating Sheep And Crops With Smallholder Rubber Production Systems In Indonesia," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 17(2).
    2. Novak, Frank & Eales, James & Munro, Earl, 1993. "Profitability and Risk of Retained Ownership of Beef Calves," Project Report Series 232371, University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.

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