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Making the market: How U.S. Policy influences near term agriculture and biofuel industry production and profitability under technology adoption


  • Meyer, Seth D.
  • Binfield, Julian C.R.
  • Westhoff, Patrick C.


The beneficiaries of technology adoption in agriculture and biofuels markets in the United States are heavily influenced by domestic biofuel policies and market context. Biofuel mandates, one of the key pillars of domestic biofuel policies, may significantly alter the elasticity of demand for biofuels as well as the derived demand for maize used to produce a significant share of ethanol in the United States. Using a stochastic agriculture and biofuels model, we assess how the introduction of technology may affect the crops and biofuel markets under binding and non-binding biofuel mandates and discuss the implications for analysis of EU biofuel policies.

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  • Meyer, Seth D. & Binfield, Julian C.R. & Westhoff, Patrick C., 2010. "Making the market: How U.S. Policy influences near term agriculture and biofuel industry production and profitability under technology adoption," 114th Seminar, April 15-16, 2010, Berlin, Germany 61089, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa114:61089

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    1. Feder, Gershon & Just, Richard E & Zilberman, David, 1985. "Adoption of Agricultural Innovations in Developing Countries: A Survey," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 33(2), pages 255-298, January.
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    4. Westhoff, Patrick C. & Brown, Scott & Hart, Chad E., 2006. "When Point Estimates Miss the Point: Stochastic Modeling of WTO Restrictions," Staff General Research Papers Archive 31341, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management; Land Economics/Use;

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