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Five-year, 0-1 mixed integer programming models of two representative Alabama farms were developed for analyzing the effects of the Boll Weevil Eradication (BWE) program on farm program participation and crop-mix decisions by Alabama cotton farmers. In previous research the BWE program was found to increase yields by approximately 100 pounds per acre in Georgia and southern Alabama where the program has been in effect for several years. In this study, these increased yields are shown to be an important factor contributing to the expanded cotton acreage in southern Alabama. For northern Alabama, gains to producers are also possible, but not to the extent realized in the southern part of the state.

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