Title

Environmental conservation in agriculture: Land retirement vs. changing practices on working land

Campus Units

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2006

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Volume

52

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

600

Last Page

614

DOI

10.1016/j.jeem.2006.03.004

Abstract

The study develops a conceptual framework for analyzing the allocation of conservation funds via selectively offering incentive payments to farmers for enrolling in one of two mutually exclusive agricultural conservation programs: retiring land from production or changing farming practices on land that remains in production. We investigate how the existence of a pre-fixed budget allocation between the programs affects the amounts of environmental benefits obtainable under alternative policy implementation schemes. The framework is applied to a major agricultural production region using field-scale data in conjunction with empirical models of land retirement and conservation tillage adoption, and a biophysical process simulation model for an array of environmental benefits.

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 52 (2006): 600–614, doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2006.03.004.