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Modelling the potential supply of energy crops in Ireland: results from a probit model examining the factors affecting willingness to adopt

James Breen, Daragh Clancy, Brian Moran and Fiona Thorne ()
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James Breen: Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland
Brian Moran: Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland
Fiona Thorne: Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

No 905, Working Papers from Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc

Abstract: Numerous studies exist reporting estimates of the theoretical potential for growing energy crops in the Ireland; however a knowledge gap exists on the extent to which Irish farmers would actually choose to grow these crops. We investigated the influence of selected individual and farm characteristics on willingness to consider growing energy crops among farm operators in Ireland. A sample of 958 operators selected by stratified sampling technique was used. A probit model was used to determine the extent to which selected individual and farm characteristics influence the willingness of farmers to consider alternative cropping systems. The results showed that willingness to adopt energy crops in Ireland was significantly influenced by the agricultural educational level of farmers, farm size, and farm system. In the final model specification, farm profit, land tenancy, general education level of the farm operator, contact with extension agents, solvency and age of the operator were not significant variables affecting willingness to adopt. The policy implications of the research findings are discussed.

Keywords: Farm Level Decision Making; Energy Crops; Adoption; Innovation; Probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2009
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