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Assessing Economic and Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production on Fertilizer Use in Corn Production


  • Nehring, Richard F.
  • Vialou, Alexandre
  • Erickson, Kenneth W.
  • Sandretto, Carmen L.


The share of corn used in ethanol production has been growing rapidly. USDA predicts that more than 30 percent of the corn crop will be used for ethanol production in 2009/2010. Expanded corn acreage contributes to the application of more fertilizer and is likely to introduce a larger volume of nutrients into the environment. This study found that an increase in ethanol production is consistent with a significant increase in quality-adjusted fertilizer use in selected corn states.

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  • Nehring, Richard F. & Vialou, Alexandre & Erickson, Kenneth W. & Sandretto, Carmen L., 2008. "Assessing Economic and Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production on Fertilizer Use in Corn Production," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6736, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saeaed:6736

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    1. MacDonald, James M. & O'Donoghue, Erik J. & McBride, William D. & Nehring, Richard F. & Sandretto, Carmen L. & Mosheim, Roberto, 2007. "Profits, Costs, and the Changing Structure of Dairy Farming," Economic Research Report 6704, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. V. Eldon Ball & Jean-Christophe Bureau & Richard Nehring & Agapi Somwaru, 1997. "Agricultural Productivity Revisited," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 79(4), pages 1045-1063.
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    quality-adjusted fertilizer; corn production; ethanol; excess nutrients; Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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