Water-Based Recreational Benefits of Conservation Programs: The Case of Conservation Tillage on U.S. Cropland

Posted: 23 Feb 2003

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Katherine Baylis

University of California, Berkeley

Peter Feather

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

Merritt Padgitt

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

Carmen Sandretto

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

Abstract

Conservation programs are a significant part of farm legislation. The recent farm bill increases funding of conservation programs. One result will likely be the increased adoption of basic environmentally benign farming practices, such as conservation tillage. This would lead to improvements in surface water quality. In this paper, we examine the magnitude of the nonmarket use value benefits of these improvements. The findings indicate that moderate to widespread adoption of practices such as conservation tillage would result in significant nonmarket benefits.

Suggested Citation

Baylis, Katherine and Feather, Peter and Padgitt, Merritt and Sandretto, Carmen, Water-Based Recreational Benefits of Conservation Programs: The Case of Conservation Tillage on U.S. Cropland. Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 24, pp. 384-393, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371454

Katherine Baylis

University of California, Berkeley

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Peter Feather (Contact Author)

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Merritt Padgitt

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Carmen Sandretto

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

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Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States

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