Journal Article

Examining Quantity and Quality Effects of Restricting Nitrogen Applications to Feedgrains

Joseph A. Atwood and Glenn A. Helmers

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 2, pages 369-381
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244509
Examining Quantity and Quality Effects of Restricting Nitrogen Applications to Feedgrains

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Restricting the timing and level of nitrogen applications has been proposed as a response to nitrate contamination in Nebraska. Agronomic research indicates that reducing available nitrogen reduces both the yield (quantity) and protein content (quality) of feedgrains. A differential system is developed to estimate the social costs of regulation while simultaneously considering both quantity and quality effects of a tax and/or a rationing policy. The results indicate that ignoring the quality effects of a proposed policy can lead to erroneous estimates of changes in factor use, output responses, and the social costs of regulation.

Keywords: nitrate contamination; quantity versus quality; regulatory costs; Q160

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics

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