Controlling Dairy Nitrogen Emissions: A Dynamic Analysis of Herd Adjustment, Ground Water Discharges, and Air Emissions

A micro-dynamic model of a livestock-crop operation is calibrated with data from a representative dairy in California'’s Central Valley and is used to predict the effects of regulations designed to reduce nitrogen emissions. Policy simulations clarify the importance of dynamic elements and demonstrate three main results: (1) dairies are unresponsive to pollution charges unless they are relatively large and financially burdensome for farmers; (2) regulations aimed at controlling only nitrate leaching will cause significant increases in ammonia emissions; and (3) mitigating both nitrogen problems with emissions taxes involves substantial reductions in both herd size and farm profit.


Issue Date:
2006
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/21448
Total Pages:
49
Series Statement:
Selected Paper 156823




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