The Impact of Clean Water Act Regulations on Farm Practices: The Case of U.S. Dairy CAFOs
Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
This paper analyzes the impact of Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations on the farm management practices of U.S. dairy concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). We employ a system-of-equations approach to examine how dairy farmers adjust their management practices in response to the policy revisions of CWA in 2003 and 2008. Using the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) data in 2000, 2005, and 2010, we find no significant change in management practices of CAFOs after the revisions. This implies that the impact of CWA regulations on the farm management of dairy CAFOs is limited.