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1.This document is Cir 1208, one of a series of the Department of Food and Resource Economics, Florida Cooperative Extension Se rvice, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published: August 1998. Please visit the FAIRS Web site at http://hammock.ifas.ufl.edu .The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function wit hout regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national ori gin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of F ood and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean2.Kenneth R. Tefertiller, Professor; Carlos Jauregui, Economic Analyst; and Michael T. Olexa, Professor, respectively, Departme nt of Food and Resource Economics, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 3261 1.Cir 1208Impact of the Regulatory Environment Facing Florida Dairy Farmers1Kenneth R. Tefertiller, Carlos Jaure g ui, and Michael T. Olexa2AbstractGovernment regulations have a significant impact on Florida dairy farmers. According to a sample of farmers, waste disposal activities on dairy operations are most negatively impacted by government regulations. Most of those farmers viewed milk and feed inspections as beneficial to their businesses. The average dairy farmer spent 22 percent of the work day complying with governmental regulations. Increased flexibility and more common sense in rule implementation were the main suggestions made by farmers to improve the current regulatory system. Key words: dairy, regulations, impactIntroductionResidents of the urban state of Florida are generally interested in the environment and usually support laws and regulations intended to protect it. Unfortunately, the costs and benefits of such laws and regulations are seldom researched before they are passed. This oversight is compounded by the duplication of regulations among federal, state, regional and county agencies. At the federal level the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for a number of laws including, but not limited to, the following: Clean Air Act (CAA); Endangered Species Act (ESA); Wetland Regulations; Worker Protection Standards; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state agency that is primarily responsible for environmental regulations. It targets the following areas: waste management, ground water discharge, hazardous waste, underground and above-ground storage tanks, drinking water standards, and wetlands. Dairy regulations relating to milk quality, dairy feed and herd health are mainly established and enforced by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At the regional level, the Florida Water Resource Act of 1972 systematized the water management districts. These districts operate as a statewide network to manage the quality and quantity of state water resources. Their regulatory programs include consumptive use permits, irrigation restrictions, surface water permits and well construction permits. At the county level the most important environmental legislation is the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Development Act. This Act mandates that each county develop and implement a comprehensive plan for land and water use in the county via zoning and other methods.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 2January 1999The impact of laws and regulations issued by theseMonitoring Requirements (GROUNDWATERS)--are government agencies presents a complex challenge fordiscussed below (Olexa 1996). A wide array of federal commodity production with some commodities beingand state labor laws regulate the hiring of labor. These affected more than others. To fully measure the extent tolaws affect labor supplies, wage rates, labor cost, labor which regulations have affected the agriculturalmanagement and the productivity of hired workers producer, it is necessary to understand the complexity(Polopolus 1992). and interactions of the many government regulations related to farming. Many of the regulations that affect dairy farmers are not specifically designed for them but are instead laws that apply to the economy and the general public on such issues as water, land, labor and chemicals. The underlying assumption of many of these regulations is that any externality will be absorbed by the general public. The number of laws and corresponding regulations imposed on the use of land, water, chemicals and labor has increased significantly since the early 1970s. Individual citizens and many businesses that are not natural-resource-based are not seriously affected by these laws; however, the laws do significantly affect the Florida farmer because land, water, chemicals and labor are major factors of production. A combination of these four factors must be available at competitive relative prices in order for agricultural commodities to be profitably produced. The common approach to regulations across all levels of government is the command/control system. Baumal and Oates (1988) describe this approach as the use of "instruments involving explicit limitations on allowable levels of emissions and the use of specified abatement technique." A command/control regulation is generally issued by the government (top-down) to achieve some objective (for example, improved water quality) and then to micromanage the manner in which that objective is accomplished. Permit requirement, the use of best management practices (BMPs) and the abolition of certain management practices are three commonly used methods of control.Key Laws and RegulationsIn order to operate a dairy farm in the state of Florida, dairy farmers must comply with state and federal laws governing air, water quality and the protection of endangered species. Three key federal laws--Clean Water Act (CWA), ESA and CAA--and two key state environmental regulations--Feedlot and Dairy Wastewater Treatment and Management Requirements (FEEDLOTS), and Groundwater Permitting and Clean Water ActThe CWA protects the waters of the United States from pollutant discharges. Dairy farms may fall under the jurisdiction of this law because the wastewater from feedlots and milking parlors is often discharged into nearby bodies of water. If discharge occurs, the dairy farmer must obtain permitting under the CWA.Endangered Species ActThe ESA was enacted to protect both plant and animal species threatened with extinction. This Act makes it illegal for anyone to "take" a species that has been designated as endangered. "Taking" includes harming, harassing, wounding or killing a species. Once a species is listed as endangered, its "critical habitat" is also protected by the Act. The "critical habitat" is the geographical area occupied by the species, which contains physical and biological features essential to its survival. The destruction of a critical habitat is therefore considered "taking" because it harms or kills an endangered species. Certain circumstances may place a dairy farmer within the regulatory oversight of the ESA. For example, a dairy farmer decides to extend agricultural operations to previously unused portions of his/her farmland. If a protected species has its critical habitat on this land and it is likely that this habitat will be destroyed, the dairy farmer will be unable to utilize the area.Clean Air ActThe CAA was passed to prevent and control air pollution in order to promote public health and welfare. Under this law, air pollutants are deemed adverse to the public welfare if they affect climate, weather, property, economic values or personal comfort. Because of the odors emitted during the course of milk production, dairy farmers may be subject to this law's regulatory oversight.Feedlot and Dairy Wastewater Treatment and Management Requirements
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 3January 1999FEEDLOTS protect the surface waters of the state by promoting safe water quality. As stated by these requirements, dairy farmers may not discharge processed wastewater pollutants into the surface waters of the state for any storm events equally or less severe than the 25-year, 24-hour storm. Wastewater includes water from flushing barns, milking parlors and dairy feedlots where cows are confined and fed. The 25-year, 24-hour storm involves a level of rainfall within a 24 hour-period that will not likely be exceeded more than once in a 25-year period. Dairy farmers who fail to comply with the FEEDLOTS must obtain a wastewater permit. This permit requires dairy farmers to develop methods to eliminate surface water pollution. Without exception, FEEDLOTS apply to dairies with 700 or more mature cows. Dairies with 200 to 699 mature cows must comply with FEEDLOTS if pollution occurs at sites where cows have direct contact with surface waters or with manmade devices--such as pipes or ditches--that lead to surface waters. In certain circumstances, FEEDLOTS apply to dairies with fewer than 200 mature cows if the Department of Environmental Protection determines that those dairies are significant sources of pollution. Dairies in the Okeechobee Drainage Basin are subject to separate regulatory requirements that are specific to the Basin. Because of water-quality problems in this area, all dairies are required to obtain wastewater permits and to implement BMPs to control phosphorus and nitrogen runoff. The BMPs include fencing to keep cattle away from the water flow and the collection, treatment and reuse of barn wastes. Groundwater Permitting and Monitoring RequirementsProducers who are exempt from FEEDLOTS may still be forced by GROUNDWATERS to obtain a wastewater permit. GROUNDWATERS were passed to protect Florida's groundwater beyond a zone of discharge. A zone of discharge is defined as an area of groundwater within which water quality standards are not enforced. For a dairy farm that does not need a wastewater permit under FEEDLOTS, the zone of discharge is the lesser of 100 feet from the source of pollution or the distance from the pollution source to the property boundary. Farming operations that threaten to violate groundwater standards at the zone of discharge boundary must be issued a permit under GROUNDWATERS.Workers' CompensationThe workers' compensation law was passed to provide protection for workers who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Coverage in Florida is applicable to agricultural employers who employ six or more year-round workers or 12 or more seasonal workers. Both employees and employers are required to report work-related injuries or illnesses when they occur.Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)This immigration law makes it unlawful for U.S. employers to employ aliens not legally entitled to work in the United States. It requires dairy farmers and other employers to carefully monitor official personnel forms for completeness, making appropriate forms available to federal government officials upon advance (three-day) notice.Fair Labor Standards Act (Minimum Wage and Child Labor)This law deals with the standards concerning minimum wage, equal pay, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor. Dairy farmers with more than seven full-time employees must comply with the Act's provisions. Family members are excluded from the minimum wage requirements.Unemployment InsuranceThe primary purpose of unemployment insurance is to provide partial and temporary supplemental income to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Individual states may have more extensive coverage than the minimal federal standards for agricultural employers. For example, in Florida, dairy farmers with five or more employees or a payroll of at least $10,000 in any calendar quarter are required to pay both federal and state taxes on the first $7,000 of each employee's annual payroll (Polopolus 1992).Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)The OSHA program seeks to ensure safe and healthy work environments. Dairy farmers are exempt from OSHA inspection and penalties if they have 10 employees or less; however, serious, willful or repeated violations by any farmer are subject to citation. Dairy farmers who employ 11 or more workers are subject to a wide range of OSHA requirements, including requirements to inform employees of all safety
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 4January 1999regulations, to report accidents, to maintain records onAlthough these categories describe the real impacts injuries and illnesses and to comply with specialfacing the farmer, the study was not designed to obtain agricultural standards.detailed costs for each category. The focus of the study was the total impact ofThe StudyA 1995 study surveyed the impact of the total government regulatory environment on Florida dairy farmers. For purposes of the study, the regulatory environment included all government regulations that would apply to a Florida dairy farm. The dairy industry was selected because dairy products are important Florida commodities and because the industry's operations are geographically dispersed throughout the state. The dairy industry also has a relatively long history of government regulation as compared to other Florida agricultural industries.ProcedureThe study was not designed to collect the detailed costs and benefits of each regulation to the farmer but instead to get a better understanding of the economic and sociological impacts of the regulatory climate on the farmer. Interviews were the primary method of data collection. The interview questions were designed to elicit interviewed farmers' responses, mainly in terms of costs and benefits, regarding the impacts of regulations. (The interview questions are listed in the appendix.) Specific questions were asked about the costs and benefits of regulations related to various practices and activities of their dairy operations. Dairy farmers were asked to give their best assessment of the costs and benefits of government regulations on their farms. Since land, water, chemicals and labor are critical to the success of a dairy farming operation, several questions were asked about how the respondents assessed the impact of the regulations on these resources. Farmers were not asked to comment on regulatory agencies by name but to comment on their personal experiences with regulatory agencies as a whole. The questionnaire was also designed to gain general information about the impact of the following four regulation cost categories: (1) direct expense (longand short-term), (2) opportunity cost of the farmers' inability to perform farm activities or tasks because of time spent on compliance with government regulations, (3) cost of waiting or delay when the outcome (approval) is rather certain, and (4) cost of uncertainty related to the total regulatory environment facing the dairy farmer. government regulations on the Florida dairy farmer. In contrast to other research that concentrates on a specific regulation, respondents were interviewed about the impact of the total government regulatory environment on their businesses. The extent to which each level of government regulates the farmer varies widely depending upon the type of regulation. For example, the cost and time required to obtain an environmental dairy operating permit are much greater than the requirements for passing milk or feed inspections. As a result of limited funds, a relatively small number of farmers was interviewed. Since this is an exploratory study, it is considered desirable to involve respondents from various geographic regions of the state. An effort was made to select farmers who had dealt with regulatory agencies and who were operating above-average-sized herds that were economically viable. County extension faculty from various regions of the state assisted in the selection of the sample.ParticipantsA sample of 36 Florida dairy farmers was interviewed in late 1994 and early 1995. The size of the farmers' average herd was 1,360 head with average annual milk production of 17,523 pounds per cow. These figures are higher than the average for the entire state. Farmers from large dairies were selected because some government employees and other individuals had reported that large dairy farms were not seriously affected by government regulations since they had adequate management ability and funds to deal with the regulations. It has been suggested that smaller dairy farms do not have the management ability nor the funds to cope with government regulations.ResultsResponse percentages regarding the major problems facing dairy farmers are presented in Figure 1. Environmental regulation was cited as the most important problem by 42 percent of the interviewed farmers, and heat and humidity were ranked as the second most important problem by 28 percent of the respondents. The low price of milk and high production costs tied for third with 11 percent of the respondents
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 5January 1999citing each. Labor regulation was a major problem the same. Government regulations had a minor influence according to 8 percent of the farmers. on the types of crops grown. The number of different Although regulations were assumed to be an farmers but decreased according to 14 percent of the important problem for dairy farmers, the respondents'farmers. Most respondents (78 percent) said government ranking of regulations as more important than highregulations had no effect on the types of crops grown. production costs and low milk prices was unexpected.Regulations, such as the waste disposal requirements, Perhaps this can be partly explained by their perceptionand resultant limitations may ultimately affect the types that regulation costs were continuously increasing whileof crops produced. milk prices and feed costs were varying through time. Also, an upward bias for regulations may have existed Farmers were asked in what way, if any, government because respondents were aware that the interview wasregulations had affected the value of their land. associated with a study on regulations. Seventy-two percent of the farmers thought government Seventy-five percent of the farmers said wastepercent said regulations had had no effect on the value disposal regulations had the greatest negative impact onof their land; and 6 percent thought government their operations. Labor regulation followed next with 25regulations had increased the value of their land (Figure percent (Figure 2). When asked to identify regulations5). The county comprehensive land use plan and DEP that were good for business, 64 percent of dairy farmerspermit requirements were the major causes cited for said that milk inspection regulations assured the generaldeclining land prices. As a result of restrictions on land public that milk was a safe product (Figure 3). and water use, the plan limits the owner's use of the Environmental regulations were considered good forland. business by 14 percent of the farmers; however, many thought that the regulations were not properly About 40 percent of the respondents were required implemented. Brucellosis-testing and feed compositionto have a DEP permit. In the case of producers who were regulations were each considered favorable by 3 percentnot required to obtain DEP permits (grandfathered in), of the respondents who believed it was important tosubsequent owners are required to obtain the permit. The assure the general public that the Florida dairy businessfuture value of dairy farms without permits will decline is a clean and healthy operation. Finally, 16 percent ofbecause of the high costs involved in the permitting the respondents said that none of the government process. The cost of compliance with the DEP's permit regulations were good for business. requirement is the most expensive regulation for the Farmers were asked what kind of changes (if any)farmer, except for those farmers in the Okeechobee they had made as a result of government regulationsDrainage Basin. The major items that constitute the cost regarding labor, mechanization, herd size and cropsare permit application, legal costs, engineer design, and grown. Many of the regulations required an increase inequipment and construction. (It was not possible to monitoring and reporting practices and changes in obtain detailed records of the cost of each category.) The production practices. Response percentages are total cost of compliance is a multi-million dollar presented in Figure 4. The amount of labor hired as aexpenditure for larger farmers. result of government regulations had increased according to 70 percent of the farmers; 11 percent of theFarmers were asked how government regulations farmers had reduced their labor force; and 19 percenthad affected their relationships with their lenders. had retained the same sized labor force. Fifty percent ofAccording to 81 percent of the farmers (Figure 6), the farmers increased mechanization while 6 percentgovernment regulations had harmed these relationships. decreased mechanization, and 44 percent made no While none of the farmers said that government mechanization changes. regulations had improved these relationships, 19 percent The impact of government regulation generallyrelationships. The reasons cited for the erosion of limited expansion in the size of dairy herds. Herd sizerelationships varied among farmers (Figure 7). Of the increased because of regulations according to 11 percentfarmers with damaged lending relationships, 79 percent of the farmers and decreased according to 25 percent ofattributed the situation to decreased land values that the farmers. As a result of regulations, the majority ofreduced their equity position. Environmental audit the farmers (64 percent) said their herd size remainedregulations were noted by 14 percent of the farmers to crops grown increased according to 8 percent of the regulations had decreased the value of their land; 22 dairy farm. This cost must be paid entirely by the dairy stated that regulations had had no effect on these
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 6January 1999have damaged their relationships while 7 percent cited Farmers were asked to estimate the percentage of increased paperwork as the cause. change in regulations affecting the dairy business during the last five years. The majority of farmers estimated Farmers were asked what adjustments in their timethat the number of regulations affecting their farm had spent on dairy operations had been made as a result ofincreased by an average of 132 percent during the the time they had to allot for regulatory compliance.previous five years. Response percentages are presented in Figure 8. Seventy percent of the farmers said that they spent less time on Respondents were also asked what changes, if any, production and marketing; 16 percent said they spent theshould be made regarding government regulations same amount of time in production and marketing andaffecting their livelihood. Responses to this question had hired more people to deal with regulations; and 14varied widely among farmers and were not totally percent said they had continued their same operations byanti-government or anti-regulation; however, some working longer hours. serious concerns surfaced about the design of the Responses revealed that regulations generally sense used in its implementation. Although the limited plans for herd expansion (Figure 9). The regulatory process allows for public input, the regulatory environment was cited by 64 percent of therespondents seemed to believe that most regulations farmers as the reason they had no plan to increase theirwere directly issued by the government. herd size. Uncertainty of the regulatory climate was cited by 22 percent of the farmers as the reason they had The underlying issue in response to this question delayed plans for herd expansion, and 8 percent of thewas a lack of trust for government officials who develop farmers cited the same reason for selling out. Despite theand implement the regulations and rules affecting uncertainty of the regulatory climate, 6 percent of thefarmers' businesses. Many farmers said they would like farmers planned to increase the size of their herds. to have a more cooperative and trusting relationship with Farmers were asked to evaluate government officialsupon incentives and less dependent upon rigid in charge of regulation enforcement with respect to fourcommands. A few farmers said they would like to see a attributes: (1) knowledge of the dairy industry, (2) change that prevented government regulators from flexibility, (3) helpfulness, and (4) courteousness. Eachexperimenting with farms and then charging the farmer of the attributes was rated with a scale on which a scorefor testing costs. In addition to the more general of five indicated a high level of the attribute and a scorecomments listed above, the farmers had some specific of one indicated a low level. The results are presented inrecommendations for changes in the regulations and Figure 10. The average score for knowledge of the dairyrules that affected them. Those included (1) more business was 1.2, followed by 1.9 for flexibility and 2.1flexibility and common sense in implementation of the for helpfulness. Courteousness was scored, on average,rules, (2) less duplication by regulatory agencies, (3) as 3.5 by the respondents. more knowledgeable people to write and implement the These results suggest that the regulators were and a more cooperative relationship with government generally courteous but were not knowledgeable aboutagencies. the dairy business. The relatively low scores on helpfulness and flexibility can be partly explained by the rigid rules that regulators are required to follow and the regulators' lack of knowledge of the dairy business. Some farmers said they had problems being innovative in their marketing and management practices because so much of their time was oriented toward coping with regulations. The average time spent on regulations by the dairy farmers was 22 percent of their work day. This may partly explain why government regulation was ranked as the most important problem facing dairy farmers. current, rigid, regulatory system and the lack of common all government agencies, which was more dependent rules, and (4) a need for more of an incentive approachSummaryFlorida dairy farmers are regulated by several agencies at various levels of the government. Many of the regulations are not dairy-specific but are based on broad legislation regarding land, water, chemicals and labor. A sample of farmers considered some of the government regulations to be good for the dairy farmer but thought some involved added costs and time. Farmers ranked environmental regulations as the most important problem they faced, and they ranked the regulation of waste disposal as the most serious
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 7January 1999government regulation they encountered. In contrast, The respondents made the following suggestions for they considered milk inspection regulation to be goodimprovements to the current regulatory system: (1) more for their businesses because it assures the public thatflexibility and common sense in implementation of the milk is a safe product. rules, (2) less duplication by regulatory agencies, (3) Government regulations were considered to have anrules, and (4) a need for more of an incentive approach important negative impact on land values by and a more cooperative relationship with government approximately three out of four of those surveyed. Aagencies. large majority of the farmers reported that government regulations had negatively affected their relationships with their lenders; they attributed this situation to reduced equity caused by decreased land values. In order to comply with government regulations, most farmers increased their labor forces, and about 50 percent of the farmers increased mechanization. More than 60 percent of farmers did not change the size of their herds as a result of regulations. Dairy farmers, on average, spent 22 percent of their work day on regulatory compliance activities. According to the interviewed farmers, total regulation of dairy farms had increased by an average of 132 percent during the previous five years. more knowledgeable people to write and implement theReferencesBaumal, W.J., and W.E. Oates. 1988. The Theory of Environmental Policy Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Olexa, Michael T. 1996. "Handbook of Florida Water Regulations." Florida Cooperative Service Extension Circular No. 1162. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Polopolus, L.C. 1992. "Labor Laws That Affect Human Resource Management." In Large Dairy Herd Management edited by H.H. Van Horn and C.J. Wilcox, 803-810. Champaign, Illinois: American Dairy Science Association.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 8January 1999 Figure 1. Problems faced by dairy farmers. Figure 2. Activities of dairy operations most ne g atively impacted by g overnment re g ulations.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 9January 1999 Figure 4. Effects of g overnment re g ulations on the use of key production inputs. Figure 3. Government re g ulations that had the most positive impact on dairy operations.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 10January 1999 Figure 5 Effects of g overnment re g ulations on land values. Figure 6. Effects of g overnment re g ulations on farmer/lender relationships.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 11January 1999 Figure 7. Reasons cited for the erosion of farmer/lender relationships. Figure 8. Effects of g overnment re g ulations on time spent in the production/marketin g process.
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 12January 1999 Figure 9. Effects of g overnment re g ulations on future plans for herd expansion. Figure 10. Ratin g s on selected attributes of g overnment re g ulatory officials.*
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 13January 1999AppendixImpact of Government Regulations on Florida Dairy FarmsFood and Resource Economics Department Institute of Food and A g ricultural Sciences University of FloridaCommodity-Dairy1.What is the size of your business? Total number of cows _________ Number of replacement heifers_________ Average annual milk production per cow _________ 2.How long have you been in dairy farming? Number of years_________ From 19____ to 19____ 3.In what county (or counties) is your farming business located? (1)________________________(2)________________________4.What is the total acreage of your farming operation? Acres owned_________ Acres rented_________ Other_________ Total acres_________ 5.What is the most important problem facing your farming business? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 6.What activities of your dairy operation are most negatively impacted by government regulations? __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 7.In what way, if any, has government regulation affected the value of your land? Increased_______ Decreased_______ No effect _______ Why? _____________________________________________________________ 8.In what way, if at all, has government regulation affected your relationship with your lender? Improved the relationship. How? __________________________________________________________________________________ Hurt the relationship. How? __________________________________________________________________________________ No effect
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 14January 19999.What is your opinion about the need for regulation? What regulations, if any, are good for your business? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 10.What kind of changes have you made in your business in order to comply with regulations? Labor: Increase / Decrease / Stay the same (please circle one) Mechanization: Increase / Decrease / Stay the same (please circle one) Herd size: Increase / Decrease / Stay the same (please circle one) Kinds of crops grown: Increase / Decrease / Stay the same (please circle one) 11.What are your future plans with regard to your business? Please circle one. a. Expand your farming business b. Keep it the way it is c. Decrease the size of your farming business d. Sell it 12.How would you describe the government officials in charge of enforcing regulations? Rate each of the attributes below, using a rating scale where 5 = extremely (knowledgeable, helpful, flexible or courteous) and 1 = not at all (knowledgeable, helpful, flexible or courteous). Please circle your choice. Knowledgeable: 1 2 3 4 5 Helpful: 1 2 3 4 5 Flexible : 1 2 3 4 5 Courteous: 1 2 3 4 5 13.In your opinion, what percentage of your working time is spent complying with regulations (for your total dairy enterprise)? _________________________________________________________________________________14. What has been the percentage of change in regulations affecting your business during the last five years? __________________________________________________________________________________ 15.What adjustments in time spent on production and marketing practices have you made in order to allot the time needed for regulatory compliance in your dairy operation? __________________________________________________________________________________ 16.What changes, if any, would you like to see with regard to the regulations affecting you? __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 17.In your opinion, do the following categories adequately describe costs of regulations to your business? (1)Direct cost (cost of permit) __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ (2)Opportunity cost of your inability to perform farm activities or tasks because of the time you spend on regulatory compliance __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________
Impact of the Re g ulatory Environment Facin g Florida Dairy Farmers Pa g e 15January 1999(3)Cost of waiting or delay when outcome (approval) is uncertain __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ (4)Cost of uncertainty regarding government regulation __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Kenneth R. Tefertiller Food and Resource Economics Department IFAS 1129 McCarty Hall P.O. Box 110240 University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-0240