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Impact of Soil Conservation Policies on Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils of the Central United States (The)

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  • Mitchell, Paul D.
  • Lakshminarayan, P. G.
  • Otake, Toshitsugu
  • Babcock, Bruce A.

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To evaluate the impact of conservation policies on soil organic carbon in agricultural soils, the authors link information from the 1992 National Resources Inventory (NRI) database and the extensive physical data on soils and climate from the SOILS5 database. These data serve as input for a biophysical process model calibrated for the conditions prevalent in the study region. Results indicate that reducing soil erosion, rather than removing land from agricultural production, is the most effective way to increase carbon sequestration and enhance soil quality.

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  • Mitchell, Paul D. & Lakshminarayan, P. G. & Otake, Toshitsugu & Babcock, Bruce A., 1996. "Impact of Soil Conservation Policies on Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils of the Central United States (The)," Staff General Research Papers Archive 1020, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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    1. GR Pautsch & LA Kurkalova & BA Babcock & CL Kling, 2001. "The Efficiency Of Sequestering Carbon In Agricultural Soils," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 19(2), pages 123-134, April.
    2. Claassen, Roger & Langpap, Christian & Wu, JunJie, 2015. "Impacts of Federal Crop Insurance on Land Use and Environmental Quality," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205340, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. Babcock, Bruce A. & Hurley, Terrance M. & Wu, JunJie & Mitchell, Paul D., 1998. "The Environmental Effects Of Freedom To Farm," 1998 Annual meeting, August 2-5, Salt Lake City, UT 20823, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    4. Pautsch, Gregory R. & Babcock, Bruce A. & Hurley, Terrance M. & Campbell, Todd D., 1999. "Relative Efficiency Of Sequestering Carbon In Agricultural Soils Through Second Best Market-Based Instruments," 1999 Annual meeting, August 8-11, Nashville, TN 21669, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Langpap, Christian & Wu, JunJie, 2014. "Impacts of Changes in Federal Crop Insurance Programs on Land Use and Environmental Quality," 2014 AAEA: Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill Symposium: Implementing Change in U.S. Agricultural Policy, October 8-9, Louisville, KY 186643, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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