The Role of Conservation Programs in Drought Risk Adaptation

Economic Research Service ERR 148, April 2013

75 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2016

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Steve Wallander

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

Marcel Aillery

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

Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division

Michael Hand

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Date Written: April 19, 2013

Abstract

This report evaluates the extent to which farms facing higher levels of drought risk are more likely to participate in conservation programs, and finds a strong link between drought risk and program participation. Prior research has shown that climate-related risk exposure influences production decisions such as crop choice; our research shows that adaptation also includes program participation decisions. Programs like the Conservation Reserve Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program play a role in drought preparedness and climate adaptation even if they do not directly target such behavior. Conservation program outcomes are influenced by regional differences in production risk, so participation choices due to drought risk can be an important consideration in designing such programs.

Keywords: Climate, conservation programs, drought, adaptation, irrigation efficiency, land retirement, risk, tillage

JEL Classification: Q10, Q25

Suggested Citation

Wallander, Steve and Aillery, Marcel and Hellerstein, Daniel and Hand, Michael, The Role of Conservation Programs in Drought Risk Adaptation (April 19, 2013). Economic Research Service ERR 148, April 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2735043

Steve Wallander (Contact Author)

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

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Marcel Aillery

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

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United States
202-694-5511 (Phone)

Daniel Hellerstein

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS), Resource and Rural Economics Division ( email )

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Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5613 (Phone)
202-694-5756 (Fax)

Michael Hand

Rocky Mountain Research Station ( email )

800 E Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59802
United States

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