Scholar

Dairy-Feed-Water Nexus

By: Ashley Kerna Bickel   Dari Duval   George Frisvold  

Amidst growing interest in and demand for local foods, dairy is a major driver of production for local consumption in Arizona. That said, in-state sourcing of feed crops by the dairy industry is often overlooked as a step along the local foods value chain. Furthermore, increasing emphasis on the sustainability of food production, particularly in arid climates facing the prospect of shortages in agricultural irrigation water supplies, warrants the examination of feed crop production in relation to use by Arizona dairy producers. This analysis will use secondary data on dairy industry and crop production, secondary data on agricultural water use and crop production practices, and primary data from Arizona dairy producers. Additionally, it will utilize the IMPLAN input-output model to estimate multiplier effects attributable to the dairy industry value chain. Results will provide an estimate of the contribution of the dairy industry value chain to the state economy and provide context from the food systems perspective on the trade-offs surrounding production and sustainability.

"Economic Contribution", " Dairy", " Alfalfa"
Food Production and Sustainability
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Ashley Kerna Bickel

-, -, University of Arizona, United States
Arizona, United States

Ashley Kerna Bickel is an Economic Impact Analyst at the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her work focuses on collaborating with Extension agents and industry representatives across the state of Arizona to conduct economic impact and contribution studies. Her area of expertise includes working with the IMPLAN input-output modeling software as well as the statistical programs, SAS and STATA. Her research interests include input-output analysis, regional economics, economic development, and resource economics.


Dari Duval

-, -, University of Arizona, United States
Arizona, United States

Dari Duval is an Economic Impact Analyst at the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension and Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her work includes conducting economic impact and contribution analyses for Cooperative Extension as well as stakeholders throughout the state. Her research interests include input-output analysis, regional economics, economic development, and resource economics.


George Frisvold

-, -, University of Arizona, United States
Arizona, United States

Dr. Frisvold joined the faculty at The University of Arizona in 1997. He has been a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Rural Development in Hyderabad, India, a lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University, and Chief of the Resource and Environmental Policy Branch of USDA's Economic Research Service. His research interests include domestic and international environmental policy, as well as the causes and consequences of technological change in agriculture. In 1995-96, Dr. Frisvold served on the Senior staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers with responsibility for agricultural, natural resource, and international trade issues. He is a past co-editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.