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Agricultural policy and its impact on fuel usage: Empirical evidence from farm household analysis

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/50360
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Abstract:
Off-farm work is a growing reality in the US agricultural sector as a whole. Another staple program in the US agriculture is the use of crop insurance. This paper assesses hitherto unaddressed issues of fuel consumption and hence pollution generated by farm households associated with off-farm work and crop insurance. We applied a quantile regression method on a unique national farm-level survey data to address the fuel consumption issues. Results indicate that off-farm work by operators tends to decrease fuel expenses. In contrast, households with crop insurance had higher fuel consumption thereby increasing fuel usage. Finally, our study shows that the net effect of these two activities resulted in an increase in the pollution level.
Author(s):
Chang, Hung-Hao , Mishra, Ashok K. , Livingston, Michael
Subject(s):
agricultural policy , farm programs , farm operators , off-farm employment , crop insurance , energy use and consumption , household expenditure , household income , agricultural subsidies , pollution , econometric models , mathematical models , equations , regression analysis , United States
Format:
p. 348-353.
Note:
Includes references
Source:
Applied energy 2011 Jan., v. 88, no. 1
Language:
English
Year:
2011
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.