How will regulation influence commercial viability of autonomous equipment in US production agriculture?

Jordan Shockley, Carl Dillon, James Lowenberg-DeBoer, Tyler Mark

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Abstract

Autonomous equipment for crop production is on the brink of commercialization in the United States but federal, state, and local policies could affect commercial viability and hinder adoption. This article examines the farm-level implications of both a speed restriction and on-site supervisory regulations. The rules reduce the profitability of autonomous machinery, and for some scenarios autonomous machines are no longer an economically viable alternative to conventional machinery. Regulations also increase the optimal number autonomous machines required and influence production practices. Smaller farms have more flexibility in supporting the rules because they have more to gain from the use of autonomous equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-878
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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Keywords

  • autonomous machinery
  • machinery management
  • mathematical programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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