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The impact of irrigation on farm output in California


Vernon W. Ruttan

Author Affiliations

Vernon W. Ruttan was Associate Agricultural Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley (on leave from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University).

Publication Information

Hilgardia 31(4):69-111. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v31n04p069. July 1961.

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The problem of allocating water among production units, industries, or geographic units, and of planning water resource development, requires information of the relationship between water input, other inputs, and product outputs. The study reported herein was undertaken to determine the extent to which differences in the level of farm output in California counties can be accounted for by differences in irrigation or irrigation-associated inputs as compared with total complex of inputs used in agricultural production. A model is developed to identify the historical impact of irrigation on California’s farm output, and this is analyzed in order to project impact of future irrigation development on farm output.

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Ruttan V. 1961. The impact of irrigation on farm output in California. Hilgardia 31(4):69-111. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v31n04p069
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