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Landowner Decision Making about Riparian Buffers


  • Lynch, Lori
  • Brown, Cheryl


A two-stage model is used to examine a landowner's decision to use riparian buffers. First, the farmer chooses whether to continue farming or to sell the land for development. If the farmer continues farming, then he or she must decide whether or not to plant a buffer. If the farmer plants a buffer, he or she must choose its type: trees or grass. Simulations of a representative farmer determine the parameters and parameter values that affect each decision. The farmer chooses to plant a buffer unless the net crop price is high or the land rental rate is low. The choice of buffer type is affected by crop price, farm size, relative incentive payments, relative cost share rates, and amount of deer damage.

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  • Lynch, Lori & Brown, Cheryl, 2000. "Landowner Decision Making about Riparian Buffers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 32(3), pages 585-596, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:32:y:2000:i:03:p:585-596_02

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    1. Bonham, John G. & Bosch, Darrell J. & Pease, James W., 2006. "Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrient Management and Buffers: Comparisons of Two Spatial Scenarios," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 38(1), pages 17-32, April.
    2. David C. Roberts & Christopher D. Clark & Burton C. English & William M. Park & Roland K. Roberts, 2009. "Estimating Annualized Riparian Buffer Costs for the Harpeth River Watershed," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 894-913.
    3. Monger, Randall & Suter, Jordan & Manning, Dale T. & Schneekloth, Joel, 2016. "Explaining Participation in the Colorado Republican River and Nebraska Platte-Republican Resources Area Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 236061, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. Cheryl Brown & Lori Lynch & David Zilberman, 2002. "The Economics of Controlling Insect-Transmitted Plant Diseases," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 84(2), pages 279-291.
    5. Xiaosheng Lin & Jie Tang & Zhaoyang Li & Haiyi Li, 2016. "Finite Element Simulation of Total Nitrogen Transport in Riparian Buffer in an Agricultural Watershed," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(3), pages 1-14, March.
    6. Jordan F. Suter & Gregory L. Poe & Nelson L. Bills, 2008. "Do Landowners Respond to Land Retirement Incentives? Evidence from the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 84(1), pages 17-30.
    7. Lynch, Lori & Hardie, Ian W. & Parker, Douglas D., 2002. "Analyzing Agricultural Landowners' Willingness To Install Streamside Buffers," Working Papers 28570, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
    8. Flower, Todd & Valdivia, Corinne & Dorr, Hilary, 2005. "Habitus and Interest in Agroforestry Practices in Missouri," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19279, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    9. Bonham, John G. & Bosch, Darrell J. & Pease, James W., 2004. "Cost Effectiveness Of Nutrient Management And Buffers: Comparisons Of Four Spatial Scenarios," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20069, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    11. Duke, Joshua M. & Borchers, Allison M. & Johnston, Robert J. & Absetz, Sarah, 2012. "Sustainable agricultural management contracts: Using choice experiments to estimate the benefits of land preservation and conservation practices," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 95-103.

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