Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

4-2017

Journal or Book Title

Ecological Economics

Volume

134

First Page or Article ID Number

227

Last Page

237

DOI

10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.12.006

Abstract

The extent of United States Great Plains grass agriculture has ebbed and flowed over decades in response to market incentives, government policies, technological innovations and weather patterns. Our thesis is that the land most responsive to these drivers is at the economic margin between grass-based production and cropping. Much of the eastern Dakotas is such an area, primarily under crop-based agriculture although grass remains an important land use. We surveyed land operators in the area on their views about motivators for land use choices. Their views are largely consistent with the economic margin viewpoint. The importance of crop output prices, crop input prices, innovations in cropping equipment and weather patterns on land use decisions grow as one moves north toward the economic margin. Land in more highly sloped areas is more sensitive to crop prices and crop insurance policies. Consistent with human capital theory, older operators are generally less responsive to factors that affect land use. Those renting more land, being more exposed to market forces, are more responsive. As farm size increases, respondents declared higher land use sensitivity to policy issues and technological innovations, suggesting that scale effects render land units more sensitive to land use change drivers.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article published as Wang, Tong, Moses Luri, Larry Janssen, David A. Hennessy, Hongli Feng, Michael C. Wimberly, and Gaurav Arora. "Determinants of motives for land use decisions at the margins of the Corn Belt." Ecological economics 134 (2017): 227-237. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.12.006. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Elsevier B.V.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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