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Conservation-Compatible Practices and Programs: Who Participates?


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  • Lambert, Dayton M.
  • Sullivan, Patrick
  • Claassen, Roger
  • Foreman, Linda F.


In recent years, the Federal Government has increased its emphasis on conservation programs that reward good stewardship on working farmland. This report examines the business, operator, and household characteristics of farms that have adopted certain conservation-compatible practices, with and without financial assistance from government conservation programs. The analysis finds that characteristics of the farm operator and household, in addition to the characteristics of the farm business, are associated with both the likelihood that a farmer will adopt certain conservation-compatible practices and the degree to which the farmer participates in different types of conservation programs. For example, operators of small farm operations and operators not primarily focused on farming are less likely to adopt conservation-compatible farming practices that are management-intensive and to participate in working-land conservation programs than operators of large enterprises whose primary occupation is farming.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 7255.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:7255

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Keywords: Conservation programs; conservation-compatible management practices; conservation structures; farm households; Conservation Reserve Program; Environmental Quality Incentives Program; Land Economics/Use;


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  1. Ali, Sarah & McCann, Laura M.J. & Allspach, Jessica, 2012. "Manure Transfers in the Midwest and Factors Affecting Adoption of Manure Testing," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(04), November.
  2. Claassen, Roger & Duquette, Eric, 2012. "Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation Programs A Preliminary Analysis of New Data," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124721, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. Hand, Michael S. & Nickerson, Cynthia J., 2009. "The Role of Cost-Share Rates and Prices on the Size of Conservation Investments in EQIP," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49257, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Hoppe, Robert A. & Banker, David E., 2006. "Structure and Finances of U.S. Farms: 2005 Family Farm Report," Economic Information Bulletin 59404, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  5. Obubuafo, Joyce & Gillespie, Jeffrey M. & Paudel, Krishna P. & Kim, Seon-Ae, 2008. "Awareness of and Application to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program By Cow–Calf Producers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 40(01), April.
  6. Lambert, Dayton M. & Schaible, Glenn D. & Johansson, Robert C. & Daberkow, Stan G., 2006. "Working-Land Conservation Structures: Evidence on Program and Non-Program Participants," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21438, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  7. Lambert, Dayton M. & Sullivan, Patrick, 2006. "Conservation Reserve Program Participation and Acreage Enrollment of Working Farms," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21361, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  8. Seon-Ae Kim & Jeffrey M. Gillespie & Krishna P. Paudel, 2008. "Rotational grazing adoption in cattle production under a cost-share agreement: does uncertainty have a role in conservation technology adoption?," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 52(3), pages 235-252, 09.
  9. Sophie Thoyer & Sandra Saïd, 2007. "Mesures agri-environnementales : quels mécanismes d’allocation?," Studies and Syntheses 07-01, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised Jan 2007.
  10. Hellerstein, Daniel, 2006. "Modeling Conservation Program Impacts: Accounting for participation using bootstrapping," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21090, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  11. Howard, Gregory & Roe, Brian E, 2013. "Stripping Because You Want to Versus Stripping Because the Money is Good: A Latent Class Analysis of Farmer Preferences Regarding Filter Strip Programs," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149821, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  12. Yang Zou & Qingbin Wang, 2012. "Impacts of direct government payments on US agriculture: evidence from 1960-2010 data," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(2), pages 188-199, May.
  13. Johansson, Robert C. & Kara, Erdal & Ribaudo, Marc, 2006. "On how environmental stringency influences BMP adoption," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21207, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  14. Marc O. Ribaudo & Robert C. Johansson, 2007. "Nutrient Management Use at the Rural-Urban Fringe: Does Demand for Environmental Quality Play a Role?," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 689-699.


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