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The Effect of Rental Rates on the Extension of Conservation Reserve Program Contracts

  • Joseph C. Cooper
  • C. Tim Osborn

Given that the majority of conservation reserve program (CRP) contracts on approximately 36 million acres of enrolled land expire concurrently, re-enrollment decisions by farmers and the federal government have high budgetary implications. Using a survey of over 8,000 CRP contract holders, we apply an ordered response discrete choice model to explicitly model the range in rental rates over which the representative farmer may be ambivalent to renewing the CRP contract. Given the empirical results from the ordered response model, we estimate acreage re-enrollment as a function of the rental rate and compare them to results of a binomial choice model. Copyright 1998, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 80 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 184-194

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:80:y:1998:i:1:p:184-194
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