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Testing the Empirical Relationship between Best Management Practice Adoption and Farm Profitability

  • Luc Valentin
  • Daniel J. Bernardo
  • Terry L. Kastens
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    Several “best management practices” (BMPs) aimed at reducing movement of nutrients, pesticides, and sediment into surface water resources have been developed and promoted by Extension and other agencies over the past several years. This study utilizes actual farm-level economic and BMP adoption data to rigorously analyze the relationship between BMP use and farm profitability. Results indicate that adoption of nutrient BMPs has a significant positive effect on net farm income (NFI) for wheat and corn, while herbicide BMP adoption, particularly use of BMPs related to the application of atrazine on corn, has a small (but statistically significant) negative impact on income. Adoption of soil conservation BMPs is not shown to have a statistically significant impact on farm income. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal Review of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 489-504

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:26:y:2004:i:4:p:489-504
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