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Farm Level Economic Analysis of Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Technologies In Ontario Commercial Agricultural Production

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Title: Farm Level Economic Analysis of Water Conservation and Water Use Efficiency Technologies In Ontario Commercial Agricultural Production
Author: Jacques, David
Department: Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Program: Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics
Advisor: Fox, Glenn
Abstract: The goal of this thesis is to assess the farm level economics of three technologies that conserve water or that increase technical water use efficiency in Ontario commercial agricultural production. Case studies were conducted on three technologies: subsurface drip irrigation, a chipping potato variety with higher technical water use efficiency and wood chips in orchard tree rows. The technologies in the case studies were assessed using a stochastic net present value framework. Of the three technologies assessed only growing a chipping potato variety with higher technical water use efficiency has a positive net present value under baseline assumptions. The results indicate that the effect a technology has on yields plays an important role in determining whether or not it will be a worthwhile investment for an individual producer.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8408
Date: 2014-08
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