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Cost of meeting manure nutrient application standards in hog production: the roles of EQIP and fertilizer offsets
- Ribaudo, M., Cattaneo, A., Agapoff, J.
- Review of agricultural economics 2004 v.26 no.4 pp. 430
- swine feeding, pig manure, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, concentrated animal feeding operations, nutrient management, animal manure management, production costs, fertilizer application, application rate, cost analysis, standards and grades, United States
- The Environmental Protection Agency requires concentrated animal feeding operations to develop and implement a comprehensive nutrient management plan. Changes in manure management to meet nutrient application standards will increase production costs. Some of these costs can be offset by savings from replacing commercial fertilizer with manure nutrients, and through financial assistance programs such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). A manure application cost model was used to examine the costs to confined hog farms of meeting nutrient application standards, and the ability of fertilizer offsets and EQIP to reduce these costs.