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Preliminary assessment of nitrous oxide offsets in a cap and trade program

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Abstract:
Nitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas that is emitted from cropland treated with nitrogen fertilizer. Reducing such emissions through nutrient management might be able to produce offsets for sale in a cap and trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. We use the Nitrate Leaching and Economic Analysis Program (NLEAP) model and data from the Agricultural and Resource Management Survey to examine what changes in rate, timing, or method of application a farmer would take to produce offsets. We find that reducing the application rate is the most favored approach for producing offsets. We also find that some management choices may increase nitrate losses to water.
Author(s):
Ribaudo, Marc , Delgado, Jorge , Livingston, Michael
Note:
Includes references
Source:
Agricultural and resource economics review 2011 Aug., v. 40, no. 2
Language:
English
Year:
2011
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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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.