Conservation Programs: Balancing Outcomes with a Selection Index
Amber Waves, June 2006
3 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016
Date Written: June 1, 2006
Many of the Nation’s conservation programs help to offset the negative environmental impacts of agricultural production. One tool many conservation program managers use to balance multiple objectives is a selection index. Using data from USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the Nation’s largest land retirement program, ERS researchers found that small changes in index weights did not markedly affect environmental outcomes at the national level. Varying the index weights by region or adjusting other program features may bring about desired changes in CRP outcomes.
Keywords: conservation reserve program, multiple objectives, environmental benefits index
JEL Classification: Q24, Q18
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