Farmer risk assessment for voluntary insecticide reduction

  title={Farmer risk assessment for voluntary insecticide reduction},
  author={Luanne Lohr and Timothy A. Park and Leon Higley},
We develop a theoretical basis for voluntary reduction in insecticide use, and quantify the subjective value farmers place on reducing environmental risk. The indirect utility model is used to quantify the acceptable financial cost of eliminating one insecticide application in return for avoidance of moderate risk to the environment. The mean valuation in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio, USA, is $8.25 per acre. Acceptable yield loss increases with importance of environmental goods, with… CONTINUE READING