Title

From Microlevel Decisions to Landscape Changes: An Assessment of Agricultural Conservation Policies.

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

1-2004

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Volume

86

Issue

1

First Page or Article ID Number

26

Last Page

41

DOI

10.1111/j.0092-5853.2004.00560.x

Abstract

The growth in conservation programs has created a need for modeling frameworks capable of measuring microlevel behavioral responses and macrolevel landscape changes. This paper presents an empirical model that predicts farmers' production practices and the resulting levels of agricultural runoffs at more than 42,000 agricultural sites in the upper-Mississippi river basin under alternative conservation policies. Results suggest that payments for conservation tillage and crop rotations increase the use of these conservation practices. However, the acreage response is inelastic and the programs are not likely to be cost effective on their own for addressing hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico.

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2004, 86(1); 26-41. DOI: 10.1111/j.0092-5853.2004.00560.x.