Manure Management for Water Quality Costs to Animal Feeding Operations of Applying Manure Nutrients to Land

97 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2005

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Marc Ribaudo

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Jonathan D. Kaplan

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Lee A. Christensen

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Noel Gollehon

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Robert Johansson

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Vincent E. Breneman

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Marcel Aillery

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Jean Agapoff

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Mark Peters

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service

Date Written: June 2003

Abstract

Nutrients from livestock and poultry manure are key sources of water pollution. Ever-growing numbers of animals per farm and per acre have increased the risk of water pollution. New Clean Water Act regulations compel the largest confined animal producers to meet nutrient application standards when applying manure to the land, and USDA encourages all animal feeding operations to do the same. The additional costs for managing manure (such as hauling manure off the farm) have implications for feedgrain producers and consumers as well. This report's farm-level analysis examines on-farm technical choice and producer costs across major U.S. production areas for hauling manure to the minimum amount of land needed to assimilate manure nutrients. A regional analysis then focuses on off-farm competition for land to spread surplus manure, using the Chesapeake Bay region as a case study. Finally, a sectorwide analysis addresses potential long-term structural adjustments at the national level and ultimate costs to consumers and producers.

Keywords: Manure management costs, price and quantity adjustments, water quality, animal waste, manure nutrients, excess nutrients, confined animals, CAFO, manure nitrogen, manure phosphorus, manure use, assimilative

Suggested Citation

Ribaudo, Marc and Kaplan, Jonathan D. and Christensen, Lee A. and Gollehon, Noel and Johansson, Robert and Breneman, Vince and Aillery, Marcel and Agapoff, Jean and Peters, Mark, Manure Management for Water Quality Costs to Animal Feeding Operations of Applying Manure Nutrients to Land (June 2003). USDA-ERS Agricultural Economic Report No. 824. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=757884 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.757884

Marc Ribaudo (Contact Author)

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Jonathan D. Kaplan

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Lee A. Christensen

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Noel Gollehon

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Robert Johansson

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Vince Breneman

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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202-694-5597 (Phone)

Marcel Aillery

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5511 (Phone)

Jean Agapoff

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States

Mark Peters

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service ( email )

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1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
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