Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation and Regulatory Offset Programs

81 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2014

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Roger Claassen

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

John Horowitz

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Eric Duquette

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Kohei Ueda

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

Conservation payments lead to improvement in environmental quality only if farmers and ranchers who receive them adopt conservation practices that would not have been adopted without the payment. When a voluntary payment causes a change in practice(s) that lead(s) to improved environmental quality, these changes are “additional.” We estimate this “additionality” for a number of common conservation practices that are frequently supported by existing conservation programs. We find that the level of additionality varies by practice and that additionality is high for structural and vegetative practices while the risk of nonadditionality appears to be higher for management practices. While the risk of nonadditionality cannot be completely eliminated, it can be reduced. We discuss a number of approaches to managing nonadditionality in both conservation programs and environmental offset programs.

Keywords: additionality, conservation programs, conservation practices, conservation payments, offsets, greenhouse gas

Suggested Citation

Claassen, Roger and Horowitz, John and Duquette, Eric and Ueda, Kohei, Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation and Regulatory Offset Programs (August 1, 2014). USDA-ERS Economic Research Report Number 170. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502846 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502846

Roger Claassen (Contact Author)

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

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John Horowitz

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( email )

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Eric Duquette

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( email )

1 Credit Union Place, Suite 320
Harrisburg, PA 17110
United States

Kohei Ueda

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( email )

1 Credit Union Place, Suite 320
Harrisburg, PA 17110
United States

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