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A multi-agent simulation model for spatial optimisation of manure allocation


  • Bart Van der Straeten
  • Jeroen Buysse
  • Stephan Nolte
  • Ludwig Lauwers
  • Dakerlia Claeys
  • Guido Van Huylenbroeck


The EU Nitrate Directive has spurred many countries to regulate manure production and manure application. Farmers have three allocation options: spreading manure on their own land, transporting manure to other farmers' land or processing manure. The manure problem can be seen as an allocation problem. To better understand this allocation problem, we have developed the spatial mathematical programming multi-agent simulation (MP-MAS) model. This model has been applied in Flanders, Belgium, a region with a high concentration of livestock. The model evaluates the cost efficiency of policy intervention in the manure market through obliged processing. We propose to further optimise the policy using a regionally differentiated manure pressure indicator, which is directly derived from the dual outcome of the mathematical programme. This indicator increases transparency in the manure and processing market, leading to better decision support about location and type of manure processing.

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  • Bart Van der Straeten & Jeroen Buysse & Stephan Nolte & Ludwig Lauwers & Dakerlia Claeys & Guido Van Huylenbroeck, 2010. "A multi-agent simulation model for spatial optimisation of manure allocation," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(8), pages 1011-1030.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:8:p:1011-1030 DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.495546

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    1. Asai, Masayasu & Langer, Vibeke & Frederiksen, Pia & Jacobsen, Brian H., 2014. "Livestock farmer perceptions of successful collaborative arrangements for manure exchange: A study in Denmark," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 128(C), pages 55-65.
    2. der Straeten, Bart Van & Buysse, Jeroen & Nolte, Stephan & Lauwers, Ludwig & Claeys, Dakerlia & Van Huylenbroeck, Guido, 2011. "Markets of concentration permits: The case of manure policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 2098-2104, September.
    3. Mack, Gabriele & Möhring, Anke & Ferjani, Ali & Zimmermann, Albert & Mann, Stefan, 2013. "Transfer of single farm payment entitlements to farm successors: impact on structural change and rental prices in Switzerland," Bio-based and Applied Economics Journal, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA), issue 2, August.
    4. Gebrezgabher, Solomie A. & Meuwissen, Miranda P.M. & Oude Lansink, Alfons G.J.M., 2014. "A multiple criteria decision making approach to manure management systems in the Netherlands," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(3), pages 643-653.
    5. Willeghems, G. & De Clercq, L. & Michels, E. & Meers, E. & Buysse, J., 2016. "Can spatial reallocation of livestock reduce the impact of GHG emissions?," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 149(C), pages 11-19.
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