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Tradeoffs Between Water Quality and the Economic Impacts of Low-Input Agriculture in the Coastal Plain of Virginia

Penelope L. Diebel, Daniel Taylor, Sandra S. Batie and Conrad D. Heatwole

No 118176, Staff Papers from Kansas State University, Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract: Agricultural activities have been identified as major contributors to the non-point pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Low-input agricultural practices are being considered to reduce pollution in areas adjoining the Chesapeake Bay. A multiperiod mathematical programming model was used to examine the potential adoption of low-input practices and to assess the environmental consequences of these activities under different policies. The results of these analyses indicate that tradeoffs exist among the types of non-point pollution produced under each policy. Only policies that retired productive agricultural land reduced all pollutant types.

Keywords: Farm Management; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 1992-01
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.118176

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