Measures on Working Land
By Andrea Cattaneo, Roger Claassen, Robert Johansson,
and Marca Weinberg
Economic Research Report No. (ERR5) 58 pp, June 2005
The 2002 Farm Bill sharply increased conservation funding
and earmarked most of the increase for working-land
payment programs (WLPPs). The design and implementation
of WLPPs will largely determine the extent to which
environmental goals are achieved and whether they are
achieved cost effectively. This report simulates potential
environmental gains as well as adjustments in agricultural
production, price, and income associated with various
WLPP features to illustrate tradeoffs arising from WLPP
design and implementation.
Keywords: USMP, environmental simulations, cost-effectiveness,
environmental objectives, equity, farm income effects,
environmental quality incentives program, EQIP, conservation
security program, CSP, environmental benefits index,
EBI, ERS, USDA
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