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Economic impact and public costs of confined animal feeding operations at the parcel level of Craven County, North Carolina


  • Jungik Kim
  • Peter Goldsmith


  • Michael Thomas


Conflicts have arisen between communities and operators of confined animal feeding as farms have become bigger in order to maintain their competitiveness. These conflicts have been difficult to resolve because measuring and allocating the benefits and costs of livestock production is difficult. This papers demonstrates a policy tool for promoting compromise whereby the community gets reduced negative impacts from livestock while at the same time continues to benefit from livestock jobs, taxes, and related economic activity. Public economic benefits and public economic costs of confined animal feeding operations are estimated for every farm and affected house in Craven County, North Carolina. The results show public economic benefits of $5.7 million and public economic costs of $2.2 million, but that the ratio of benefits to costs for individual farm-house pairs varies in important ways across the 26 hog farms in Craven County. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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  • Jungik Kim & Peter Goldsmith & Michael Thomas, 2010. "Economic impact and public costs of confined animal feeding operations at the parcel level of Craven County, North Carolina," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 27(1), pages 29-42, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:27:y:2010:i:1:p:29-42
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9193-x

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