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Farmer Demand for Corn Rootworm Bt Corn: Do Insect Resistance Management Guidelines Really Matter?

Ines Langrock and Terrance Hurley
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Ines Langrock: University of Minnesota

Chapter Chapter 26 in Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology: Economics and Policy, 2006, pp 579-597 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract We explore the potential for using the contingent valuation method to characterize the sensitivity of farmer demand for corn rootworm Bt corn for alternative insect resistance management (IRM) requirements. With a better understanding of farmer sensitivity to IRM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be able to refine its IRM policy to improve farmer compliance, while reducing its regulatory burden and the likelihood of Bt resistance. We find that farmer demand is sensitive to IRM requirements, but not always in the anticipated direction and magnitude.

Keywords: Bt corn; insect resistance management; corn rootworm; European corn borer (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-36953-2_26

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