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The Impacts Of The Conservation Reserve Program On Rural Communities: The Case Of Three Oregon Counties


  • Martin, Michael V.
  • Radtke, Hans
  • Eleveld, Bart
  • Nofziger, S. Dianne


Using an economic input/output model, the community personal income impacts of participating in the Conservation Reserve Program were analyzed for three rural Oregon counties. While individual farmers may benefit from participation, there may be net adverse impact on the community if the retired land is relatively productive or if the inputs that are no longer purchased would have been purchased locally. These negative effects may be exacerbated if participating farmers quit farming and leave the local area or if the Conservation Reserve Program benefits go to absentee landowners. The Conservation Reserve Program may then represent a conflict between community and national policy objectives.

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  • Martin, Michael V. & Radtke, Hans & Eleveld, Bart & Nofziger, S. Dianne, 1988. "The Impacts Of The Conservation Reserve Program On Rural Communities: The Case Of Three Oregon Counties," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 13(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32122

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    1. Dicks, Michael R., 2008. "What Future for the U.S. Reserve Programs?," Western Economics Forum, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 7(01).
    2. San Cristobal, Jose Ramon, 2007. "Effects on the economy of a decrease in forest resources: An international comparison," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(6), pages 647-652, February.
    3. Wu, JunJie & Weber, Bruce, 2012. "Implications of a Reduced Conservation Reserve Program," C-FARE Reports 156625, Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE).
    4. Sills, Erin O. & Alwang, Jeffrey Roger & Driscoll, Paul J., 1994. "Migrant Farm Workers On Virginia'S Eastern Shore: An Analysis Of Economic Impacts," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 26(01), July.
    5. Siegel, Paul B. & Johnson, Thomas G., 1990. "Recreational Impacts of the Conservation Reserve Program: A Break-Even Approach," Staff Papers 232546, Virginia Tech, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    6. Sullivan, Patrick & Hellerstein, Daniel & Hansen, LeRoy T. & Johansson, Robert C. & Koenig, Steven R. & Lubowski, Ruben N. & McBride, William D. & McGranahan, David A. & Roberts, Michael J. & Vogel, S, 2004. "The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America," Agricultural Economics Reports 33987, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    7. Jolly, Robert W. & Vontalge, Alan L. & Peterson, Brian & Sprague, Rick, 1995. "When the Crp Ends: A Look at Production Alternatives for Highly Erodible Land in Southern Iowa," Staff General Research Papers Archive 11435, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    8. Hamilton, Lynn L. & Levins, Richard A., 1998. "Local Economic Impacts Of Conservation Reserve Program Enrollments: A Sub-County Analysis," Conference Papers 14486, University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
    9. Paul B. Siegel & Thomas G. Johnson, 1993. "Measuring The Economic Impacts Of Reducing Environmentally Damaging Production Activities," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 23(3), pages 237-254, Winter.


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