Special Issue "System Interactions in Animal Agriculture"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. John Classen
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Guest Editor
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: animal waste management; nutrient recovery and sustainable food production and distribution
Prof. Dr. Kelly Zering
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: economics; biological and man-made systems; production markets; sustainable bio-based production systems
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Prof. Dr. Nicholas Piggott
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: agricultural marketing; agricultural economics: prices, markets and policy; applied econometrics, futures and options markets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Large scale concentrated food animal production is an important source of dietary protein as well as a driver of significant economic benefits in many parts of the world. But this sector of agriculture is also known to impact local ecosystems as well as contribute to global warming through both feed production and manure management. Because animal production and feed production have been separated in many parts of the world, the traditional system of nutrient cycling has been disrupted, exacerbating ecological and environmental challenges. Technologies and practices have been proposed to recover and relocate nutrients but adoption rates are low due in part to poor system integration and aversion to uncertainty and risk. These challenges can be overcome with interdisciplinary efforts and will likely lead to improved economic viability.

This special issue welcomes original research, review articles, and discussions that explore technical, analytical, social, political, and risk aspects of the challenges at the intersection of animal agriculture, the environment, sustainability, and economics. The editors will especially welcome submissions that address these challenges at the systems level in the context of overall production needed to feed a growing population with shrinking resources of soil, water, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other inputs.

Prof. Dr. John Classen
Prof. Dr. Kelly Zering
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Piggott
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • agricultural economics
  • nutrients
  • risk management
  • animal agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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