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Working Lands Agri-environmental Policy Options and Issues for the Next United States Farm Bill

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  • Dobbs, Thomas L.

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    (Department of Economics, South Dakota State University)

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    U.S. farm legislation is due to be updated in 2007, to become effective with the 2008 crop year. Major questions surround the role of environmental or conservation provisions in the new Federal farm bill. In this paper, I first present some background on the evolution of U.S. ‘agri-environmental policies’—policies encompassing conservation of agriculture’s natural resources and agriculture’s impact on the environment. I follow that with a brief discussion of the concept of ‘multifunctionality’ in agriculture, a concept that increasingly is driving discussions of agri-environmental policy options in Europe and the U.S. The subsequent section of the paper contains discussion of four broad alternative approaches to agri-environmental policy in the next farm bill. Then, there are sections on each of three specific agri-environmental programs and sets of policies: the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Security Program, and policies to support organic agriculture. I conclude the paper with my observations on prospects for fundamental reforms related to agri-environmental policies in the next farm bill.

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    Paper provided by South Dakota State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff Papers with number 060003.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:sda:staffp:060003

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    Keywords: farm legislation; agri-environmental policy; conservation; farm bill;

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    1. Dimitri, Carolyn & Oberholtzer, Lydia, 2006. "EU and U.S. Organic Markets Face Strong Demand Under Different Policies," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.
    2. Claassen, Roger & Breneman, Vincent E. & Bucholtz, Shawn & Cattaneo, Andrea & Johansson, Robert C. & Morehart, Mitchell J., 2004. "Environmental Compliance In U.S. Agricultural Policy: Past Performance And Future Potential," Agricultural Economics Reports 34033, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Dobbs, Thomas L. & Streff, Nicholas J., 2006. "Potential for the Conservation Security Program to Induce More Ecologically Diverse Crop Rotations in the Western Corn Belt," Research Reports 200601, South Dakota State University, Department of Economics.
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