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03-WP 341


We investigate the environmental impacts of several forms of policies that offer farmers subsides in return for adoption of conservation tillage. The policies differ on whether the tillage practice or one of the environmental benefits is targeted. We develop an environmental Lorenz curve that fully represents the performance of the targeting policies, and we show that these curves can be used directly to help select the optimal targeting strategy for special classes of social welfare functions. We apply the model to the state of Iowa.

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This paper was presented at the 2003 Linkages between Agricultural and Conservation Policies Workshop sponsored by the Economic Research Service and National Resource Inventory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.