Assessing the Market for Poultry Litter in Georgia: Are Subsidies Needed to Protect Water Quality?

Concerns about nutrient loads into our waters have focused attention on poultry litter applications. Like many states with a large poultry industry, Georgia recently designed a subsidy program to facilitate the transportation of poultry litter out of vulnerable watersheds. This paper uses a transportation model to examine the necessity of a poultry litter subsidy to achieve water protection goals in Georgia. We also demonstrate the relationship between diesel and synthetic fertilizer prices and the value of poultry litter. Results suggest that a well functioning market would be able to remove excess litter from vulnerable watersheds in the absence of a subsidy.


Issue Date:
2011-11
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/117948
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 43, Number 4
Page range:
553-568
Total Pages:
16
JEL Codes:
Q12; Q13; Q25; Q53




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