Agri-Environmental Policy at the Crossroads: Guideposts on a Changing Landscape

Economic Research Service Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-794) 72 pp, January 2001

73 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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Roger Claassen

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

LeRoy Hansen

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

Mark Peters

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Marca Weinberg

Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) - Market & Trade Economics Division

Vincent E. Breneman

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

Andrea Cattaneo

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

Peter Feather

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

Dwight Gadsby

Independent

Daniel Hellerstein

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

Jeffrey Hopkins

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS); Government of the United States of America - House Budget Committee

Paul Johnston

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mitch Morehart

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

Mark Smith

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Date Written: January 1, 2001

Abstract

Agri-environmental policy is at a crossroads. Over the past 20 years, a wide range of policies addressing the environmental implications of agricultural production have been implemented at the Federal level. Those policies have played an important role in reducing soil erosion, protecting and restoring wetlands, and creating wildlife habitat. However, emerging agri-environmental issues, evolution of farm income support policies, and limits imposed by trade agreements may point toward a rethinking of agri-environmental policy. This report identifies the types of policy tools available and the design features that have improved the effectiveness of current programs. It provides an indepth analysis of one policy tool that may be an important component of a future policy package — agri-environmental payments. The analysis focuses on issues and tradeoffs that policymakers would face in designing a program of agri-environmental payments.

Keywords: conservation programs, environmental policy, agricultural policy, policy instruments, agricultural program design, soil erosion, nitrogen runoff

JEL Classification: Q28, Q20

Suggested Citation

Claassen, Roger and Hansen, LeRoy Thomas and Peters, Mark and Weinberg, Marca and Breneman, Vince and Cattaneo, Andrea and Feather, Peter and Gadsby, Dwight and Hellerstein, Daniel and Hopkins, Jeffrey W. and Johnston, Paul and Morehart, Mitch and Smith, Mark, Agri-Environmental Policy at the Crossroads: Guideposts on a Changing Landscape (January 1, 2001). Economic Research Service Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-794) 72 pp, January 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737171

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LeRoy Thomas Hansen

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Vince Breneman

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Andrea Cattaneo

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Mark Smith

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