167 research outputs found

    FARMER STORAGE OF IRRIGATION WATER IN FEDERAL PROJECTS

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    This study estimates some of the economic impacts of a program that would allow farmers to save a part of their annual surface irrigation water allocation. The objective would be to save water in full allocation years to be used in water short years. The study area consisted of the El Paso County Water Improvement District. Results indicate that optimal temporal water use would increase district net farm revenue by three percent or less above actual water use. For the study area vegetables were the most profitable crop while laser leveling was not economically feasible.Farm Management, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,

    TEMPORAL IMPLICATIONS OF LIMITATIONS ON ANNUAL IRRIGATION WATER PUMPED FROM AN EXHAUSTIBLE AQUIFER

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    Economic losses caused by uncontrolled pumping of groundwater is of major concern on the Texas High Plains. A recursive linear programming model is used to evaluate various annual limitations on aquifer depletion. Results indicate that, especially under furrow irrigation, some limitations on groundwater withdrawal could be beneficial to society as well as the producers.Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,

    IMPLICATIONS OF ALTERNATIVE POLICIES ON NITRATE CONTAMINATION OF GROUNDWATER

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    This study estimates the cost effectiveness of alternative environmental policies for controlling nitrate contamination of groundwater in the Seymour aquifer region of Texas. Results from biophysical simulation model are integrated with a farm-level optimization model. The study also compares the cost of bottled water, used as the lower-bound estimate of benefits of groundwater protection, with the least costly environmental policy. Results indicate that the least-cost policy alternative for the region is about $1 million either to farmers or to the local government and it is approximately three times the cost of bottled water.Environmental Economics and Policy,
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