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WILLINGNESS TO RENT PUBLIC LAND FOR ROTATIONAL GRAZING: THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPONSE BEHAVIOR

  • DANIEL F. MOONEY (a1), COURTNEY BOLINSON (a2) and BRADFORD L. BARHAM (a3)

Abstract

Ex ante analyses of agricultural practices often examine stated preference data, yet response behavior as a potential source of bias is often disregarded. We use survey data to estimate producers’ willingness to rent public land for rotational grazing in Wisconsin and combine it with information on nonrespondents to control for nonresponse and avidity effects. Previous experience with managed grazing and rental decisions influenced who responded as well as their rental intentions. These effects do not produce discernable bias but still encourage attention to this possibility in other ex ante contexts. Land rental determinants and willingness-to-pay estimates are also related to grazing initiatives.

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*Corresponding author's e-mail: daniel.mooney@colostate.edu

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The authors thank the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service regional field office in Des Moines, Iowa, for data support. They also thank Tom Cox, Brian Gould, Randy Jackson, Laura Paine, and Mark Rickenbach for helpful comments on this research and acknowledge the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch Project WIS01785, USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Project GNC15-209, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (DOE Office of Science BER DEFC02–07ER64494) for financial support.

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