Economic Research Report No. (ERR-216) 78 pp

September 2016

Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, one method of reducing nutrient (manure) discharges from livestock operations may be to involve them in in nutrient trading, in which producers sell representations of their pollution reductions as credits. This study compares livestock operations to crop-only producers and their participation in nutrient trading.

Keywords: Livestock, nutrients, nutrient trading, water quality trading, Chesapeake Bay, TMDL

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