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Costs of 2001 methyl bromide rules estimated for California strawberry industry

Authors

Colin A Carter
James A Chalfant
Rachael E Goodhue
Gregory J McKee

Authors Affiliations

C.A Carter is Professor, J.A. Chalfant is Professor and Chair, R.E. Goodhue is Associate Professor, and G.J. McKee is Graduate Student. Carter, Chalfant and Goodhue are members of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) funded this research. The opinions in this article are the authors’, not those of the CDF A.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 59(1):41-46. DOI:10.3733/ca.v059n01p41. January 2005.

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Abstract

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) restricts pesticide use to reduce negative impacts on human health and the environment. The DPR implemented methyl bromide use regulations in 2001. Our study demonstrates that the estimated 2001 costs of these regulations for the California strawberry industry were quite substantial (more than $26 million total), equivalent to roughly 25% of estimated industry returns over total cash costs in 2001. These impacts were unevenly distributed across growers. Growers with small fields in urban areas had higher per-acre costs than growers with large fields in agricultural areas.

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Carter C, Chalfant J, Goodhue R, McKee G. 2005. Costs of 2001 methyl bromide rules estimated for California strawberry industry. Hilgardia 59(1):41-46. DOI:10.3733/ca.v059n01p41
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