Dynamic optimal management of wind-erosive rangelands

Dayuan Hu, Richard Ready, Angelos Pagoulatos

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A bioeconomic model of livestock production from wind-erosive rangelands is developed and optimized. Equations of motion capture the impact of topsoil stock on forage productivity and the protective effect of forage stock on soil loss from wind erosion. For overgrazed wind-erosive rangelands, a lower discount rate provides incentives for lighter grazing, as does consideration of effect of stocking rates on animal performance. In the case where off-site damages are large, internalizing offsite effects would also encourage lighter grazing and hence promote sustainable production. An illustrative application of the model is also included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-340
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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