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Risk Considerations in the Reduction of Nitrogen Fertilizer Use in Agricultural Production
David K. Lambert
Western Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 15, No. 2 (December 1990), pp. 234-244
Published by: Western Agricultural Economics Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40988087
Page Count: 11
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Nonpoint pollution problems resulting from current agricultural practices are forcing policymakers to examine alternative mitigation strategies. Two mechanisms suggested to control the use of nitrogen fertilizer, a source of potentially harmful contaminants of water sources, are quantitative standards and incentives through per-unit taxation.Impacts of both policies on the distribution of farm net returns are analyzed. Risk attitudes are observed to influence the magnitude of farmer response to alternative policies.
Western Journal of Agricultural Economics © 1990 Western Agricultural Economics Association