Environmental conservation in agriculture: Land retirement vs. changing practices on working landJournal of Environmental Economics and Management
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AbstractThe 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.
Citation InformationHongli Feng, Lyubov A. Kurkalova, Catherine Kling and Philip Gassman. "Environmental conservation in agriculture: Land retirement vs. changing practices on working land" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management Vol. 52 Iss. 2 (2006) p. 600 - 614
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