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Agricultural Conservation Policy At A Crossroads

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  • Heimlich, Ralph E.
  • Claassen, Roger
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    U.S. agricultural conservation policy has focused on a range of potential policy instruments centered on voluntary approaches tied into Depression-era commodity programs. Entering the twenty-first century, conservation policy is at a crossroads between more coercive regulatory policies, more costly voluntary programs, and more facilitative market-oriented policies. What are the pitfalls, advantages, disadvantages, and tradeoffs along these paths?

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    Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

    Volume (Year): 27 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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    Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy;

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