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A GROUP INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR FARMER ADOPTION OF BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES: AN APPLICATION TO THE NITRATE POLLUTION PROBLEM IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Viju C. Ipe and Eric DeVuyst

No 21704, 1999 Annual meeting, August 8-11, Nashville, TN from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: The paper demonstrates a group incentive program to encourage farmer adoption of best management practices. It is demonstrated that the best management practices may not actually reduce farm profits but may increase farm profits and reduce environmental pollution. This may bring about a win-win situation for sponsor, the farmer participating in the program, and the society as a whole. The results show that the farmers subjective beliefs about response of corn yields and profits to nitrogen application differ from the simulated responses which in turn results in the willingness-to-Accept for adoption best management practices significantly higher than the expected program payments. The program could be implemented as an educational effort to demonstrate the benefits of sound management practices for larger adoption in the long run.

Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23
Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.21704

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