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Other title
buffer strip
crop rotation
residue management
Monte Carlo simulation
Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Trautman, Dawn E
Supervisor and department
Jeffrey, Scott (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Unterschultz, James (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Chanasyk, David (Renewable Resources)
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Agricultural and Resource Economics
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Master of Science
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Monte Carlo simulation was used to examine the on-farm economics from adoption of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) on five representative Alberta cropping farms. Adoption of shelterbelts, buffer strips, residue management, and the addition of annual and perennial forages, field peas, and oats in crop rotations were included as BMPs that contribute positively to Ecological Goods and Service production from agriculture. Results suggest positive on-farm benefits associated with perennial forage and field pea BMPs. Conversely, BMPs that reduce availability of land for cropping activities, such as shelterbelts and buffer strips, and BMPs that do not increase revenues, such as oats and annual forages in rotation, are costly to producers. The results of this thesis have important policy implications. Policy mechanisms that incorporate positive mechanisms may improve adoption of BMPs that are costly to producers, while extension mechanisms, such as information programs, may improve the adoption of economically feasible BMPs.
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