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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.24883
  • The Economics of Beneficial Management Practices Adoption on Representative Alberta Crop Farms
  • Trautman, Dawn E
  • English
  • Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)
    crop rotation
    shelterbelt
    buffer strip
    residue management
    Monte Carlo simulation
  • Dec 21, 2011 2:40 PM
  • Thesis
  • English
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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.
  • Master's
  • Master of Science
  • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Spring 2012
  • Jeffrey, Scott (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    Unterschultz, James (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Chanasyk, David (Renewable Resources)