An evaluation of extension services in Sweden

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Abstract

This article analyzes the effects of extension services regarding the use of nutrients in Swedish agriculture on nutrient balances and farms’ finances. The key to our research design is that extension visits vary between agents (some agents give more consultation than others), which leads to random variation in “treatment.” We find that the service affects nutrient utilization, which possibly reduces leakages and eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. A large and positive impact on farms value added implies that the net benefit from the extension services is positive. The improvements are mainly due to better land management practices so that more efficient use of fertilizers increases crop production and thereby decreases the nitrogen balance.

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  • Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
  • Economics

Keywords

  • Eutrophication, Extension service, Farm management, L2, Nitrogen, Q16, Q53, Q58
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalAgricultural Economics (United Kingdom)
Volume48
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes