How Does Farmland Retirement Affect Rural Counties?

Amber Waves, June 2004

4 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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Daniel Hellerstein

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

Patrick Sullivan

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

Date Written: June 1, 2004

Abstract

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) offers incentives for producers and landowners to voluntarily retire cropland. The program’s benefits to the environment, CRP participants, and other crop farmers have made it a recurring focus of farm program legislation. While anecdotal evidence suggests that the CRP has negatively affected some rural communities, recent ERS research indicates that, in the aggregate, impacts have been limited.

Keywords: conservation reserve program, economic impacts, whole farm enrollment, partial farm enrollment

JEL Classification: Q18, Q24

Suggested Citation

Hellerstein, Daniel and Sullivan, Patrick, How Does Farmland Retirement Affect Rural Counties? (June 1, 2004). Amber Waves, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737126

Daniel Hellerstein (Contact Author)

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

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

Patrick Sullivan

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

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5340 (Phone)

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