Pressures and Preferences Affecting Willingness to Apply Beef Manure on Crops in the Colorado High Plains

Little is known about producers' willingness to use manure. Past studies have focused on substitutability for fertilizers. We surveyed crop producers in a cattle-dense region of the Colorado Plains about whether and why they apply manure, focusing on how pressures (like owning cattle) or preferences (pro and con) affect their adoption. Using logistic regression, findings show that pressure and preference (PS/PF) significantly affect adoption. A producer with high PS/PF was 10 times more likely to use manure than one with low PS/PF. Policy and decision makers can use such findings to inform education and policy aimed at increasing the land application of manure.
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Hoag, Dana L.; Lacy, Michael G.; Davis, Jessica, Pressures and Preferences Affecting Willingness to Apply Beef Manure on Crops in the Colorado High Plains, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 29, Issue 3, December 2004, Pages 461–480

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