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Restricting Pesticide Use: The Impact on Profitability by Farm Size


  • Whittaker, Gerald
  • Lin, Biing-Hwan
  • Vasavada, Utpal


A sample of 226 cash grain farms in the Lake States-Corn Belt region are analyzed to estimate the impact of restricting pesticide use on profits. These 226 farms are classified into small, medium, and large farms according to their sale revenues. The results suggest the existence of pest management practices that could substantially reduce pesticide use without incurring economic losses. The reductions in profits associated with gradual reductions in pesticide expenditure appear to increase with farm size.

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  • Whittaker, Gerald & Lin, Biing-Hwan & Vasavada, Utpal, 1995. "Restricting Pesticide Use: The Impact on Profitability by Farm Size," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 27(2), pages 352-262, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:27:y:1995:i:02:p:352-262_02

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    1. Norton, George W. & Bernat, G. Andrew, Jr., 1983. "Estimating The Effects Of Pesticide Use On Burley And Flue-Cured Tobacco," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 15(2), pages 1-6, December.
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    2. Kox, Henk L.M., 1998. "Welfare gains from liberalized banana trade and a new international banana agreement," Serie Research Memoranda 0012, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.

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