Integrating Commodity and Conservation Programs: Design Options and Outcomes

61 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008

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Roger Claassen

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Marcel Aillery

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Cynthia Nickerson

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Date Written: July 1, 2007

Abstract

Can a single program support farm income and encourage producers to adopt environmentally sound farming practices? While simple in concept, attempting to roll the farm income support features of existing commodity programs and conservation payments into a single program raises questions. Exactly how would farm commodity and conservation payments be combined? What difference would it make for environmental gain and farm income support? This report approaches the questions in two ways. First, spending patterns in existing commodity and conservation programs are analyzed to determine the extent to which producers who are currently receiving commodity payments also receive conservation payments. Then, a number of hypothetical program scenarios are devised and analyzed to estimate how emphasis on current income support recipients would differ from a combined program that focuses on achieving cost-effective environmental gain. The results show that policymakers face significant tradeoffs between environmental (conservation) objectives and farm income support objectives in designing a program that provides both income support and environmental gain.

Keywords: conservation, commodity programs, income support

Suggested Citation

Claassen, Roger and Aillery, Marcel and Nickerson, Cynthia, Integrating Commodity and Conservation Programs: Design Options and Outcomes (July 1, 2007). USDA-ERS Economic Research Report No. 44 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1084521

Roger Claassen (Contact Author)

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Marcel Aillery

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Cynthia Nickerson

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
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