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This study offers an empirical framework for analyzing farmers' joint decisions to adopt organic farming practices and to seek technical (i.e., farming) information from various sources. To that end, a trivariate ordered probit model is specified and implemented in the case of organic land conversion in Crete, Greece. Findings suggest that the decisions of information acquisition and organic land conversion are indeed correlated, and different farming information sources play a complementary role. Structural policies improving the farmer's allocative ability are found to play an important role in encouraging organic farming adoption.

Keywords: Crete ; Greece ; information acquisition ; organic farming ; technology adoption

Subject(s): Farm Management

Issue Date: 2006-04

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 31, Number 1 Page range: 93-113

Total Pages: 21

Record appears in: Western Agricultural Economics Association > Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Autor: Genius, Margarita ; Pantzios, Christos J. ; Tzouvelekas, Vangelis


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