Conservation Programs: Balancing Outcomes with a Selection Index

Amber Waves, June 2006

3 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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Cynthia Nickerson

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

Date Written: June 1, 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Nickerson, Cynthia and Hellerstein, Daniel, Conservation Programs: Balancing Outcomes with a Selection Index (June 1, 2006). Amber Waves, June 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737121

Cynthia Nickerson (Contact Author)

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

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Daniel Hellerstein

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

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

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