Analysis of the research and development effort in the private sector to reduce energy consumption in irrigated agriculture

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Manufacturers of irrigation equipment perform research and development in an effort to improve or maintain their position in a very competitive market. The market forces and conditions that create the intense competition and provide incentive for invention are described. Particular emphasis is placed on the market force of increased energy costs, but the analysis is developed from the perspective that energy is but one of many inputs to agricultural production. The analysis is based upon published literature, patent activity profiles, microeconomic theory, and conversations with many representatives of the irrigation industry. The published literature provides an understanding of the historical ... continued below

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Rogers, E.A. & Cone, B.W. September 1, 1980.

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    Publisher Info: Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (USA)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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Manufacturers of irrigation equipment perform research and development in an effort to improve or maintain their position in a very competitive market. The market forces and conditions that create the intense competition and provide incentive for invention are described. Particular emphasis is placed on the market force of increased energy costs, but the analysis is developed from the perspective that energy is but one of many inputs to agricultural production. The analysis is based upon published literature, patent activity profiles, microeconomic theory, and conversations with many representatives of the irrigation industry. The published literature provides an understanding of the historical development of irrigation technology, a description of the industry's structure, and various data, which were important for the quantitative analyses. The patent activity profiles, obtained from the US Patent Office, provided details of patent activity within the irrigation industry over the past decade. Microeconomic theory was used to estimate industry-wide research and development expenditures on energy-conserving products. The results of these analyses were then compared with the insights gained from conversations with the industry representatives.

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  • Report No.: PNL-3143
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/5077988 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5077988
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1055231

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Rogers, E.A. & Cone, B.W. Analysis of the research and development effort in the private sector to reduce energy consumption in irrigated agriculture, report, September 1, 1980; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1055231/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.