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Conservation Trends in Agriculture Reflect Policy, Technology, and Other Factors

Elizabeth Marshall, Kelly B. Maguire, Daniel Hellerstein and David Schimmelpfennig ()

Amber Waves:The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America, 2019, vol. August 2019, issue 07

Abstract: The ERS report Agricultural Resource and Environment Indicators, 2019 provides a comprehensive source of data and analysis on the factors that affect resource use and quality in American agriculture. These factors include the biophysical characteristics of the farm and landscape, policy options and incentives for conservation, and availability of technology and other inputs. For example, USDA conservation programs provide nearly $6 billion annually for financial and technical assistance to support the adoption of conservation practices on U.S. farms. One such program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), focuses its funding on five conservation practices—cover crops, conservation tillage/residue management, conservation crop rotation, terraces and nutrient management.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management; Production Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.302864

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