Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrient Management and Buffers: Comparisons of Two Spatial Scenarios

Farmers and taxpayers would benefit from more cost-effective agricultural nutrient pollution control measures. The objectives of our study are (1) to assess compliance costs and reductions in phosphorus loadings from implementation of nutrient management and riparian buffers; and (2) to estimate how the spatial scenario, which is the method of representing farms within the watershed, affects estimated compliance costs and reductions in phosphorus deliveries. Estimated compliance costs are quite sensitive to the spatial scenario. Buffers are more cost-effective than nutrient management under one of the two spatial scenarios, whereas nutrient management is more cost-effective under the other scenario. Shifts to more erosive crops reduce the effectiveness of both pollution control measures.


Issue Date:
2006-04
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/43746
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 38, Number 1
Page range:
17-32
Total Pages:
16
JEL Codes:
Q12; Q52




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