Challenges Facing USDA's Conservation Reserve Program

Amber Waves, June 2010

11 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

Date Written: June 1, 2010

Abstract

Reductions in maximum Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres mandated by the 2008 Farm Act, along with relatively high agricultural commodity prices, could lead to reduced overall environmental benefits and higher CRP costs.

ERS is analyzing alternative enrollment policies and practices that could increase environmental benefits per enrolled acre and lower program costs.

The effectiveness of changes will depend on improved data and models to more accurately estimate the environmental benefits provided by competing offers to enroll land in the CRP.

Keywords: Conservation Reserve Program, 2008 Farm Act, enrollment policies, environmental benefits

JEL Classification: Q24, Q28

Suggested Citation

Hellerstein, Daniel, Challenges Facing USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (June 1, 2010). Amber Waves, June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737136

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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202-694-5613 (Phone)
202-694-5756 (Fax)

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