Title

The Conservation Reserve Program in the Presence of a Working Land Alternative: Implications for Environmental Quality, Program Participation, and Income Transfer

Campus Units

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2005

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Volume

87

Issue

5

First Page or Article ID Number

1231

Last Page

1238

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00812.x

Abstract

The United States has invested large sums of resources in conservation programs for agriculture over the past century. Beginning in 1985, the largest and most ambitious conservation program, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), was introduced with the dual goals of controlling supply and reducing soil erosion. As reported in Claassen et al. over $15 billion was spent in the first fifteen years and resulted in the retirement of about 10% of the total cropland across the country from active production.

JEL Classification

Q15, Q18, Q24

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87 (2005): 1231, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00812.x