Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Evert Van der Sluis
acreage, certified farmers, organic, subsidies, transitional cost, USDA
This thesis examines the importance of conversional subsidies in accounting for an increase in organic acreage in the 12 North-Central States in the United States. Monthly time series data that spans from January 2002 to December 2014 was used in the analysis. Empirical evidence suggests that increase in organic acreage is due in part to the availability of conversion subsidies. Without government assistance, most small-scale farmers are not sufficiently motivated to switch to organic production due to the high initial costs involved in transitioning. Further, increased institutional support could facilitate organic adoption and its absence is detrimental to increasing the rate of adopting organic production methods.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-73)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2017 Sarah Adams Inkoom
Adams Inkoom, Sarah, "Encouraging Organic Agriculture: The Effects of Conversion Subsidies" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1214.