Agriculture, though important to economic development and food security, is a source of increased sediment, nutrient, and pesticide runoff.
Paying for Environmental Performance: Estimating the Environmental Outcomes of Agricultural Best Management Practices
How can the estimation of environmental outcomes be used to effectively allocate conservation funding, and what additional steps are needed to improve this process?
Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities and the 2007 Farm Bill
How can managers of agricultural operations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? What opportunities exist under the Conservation Title of the 2007 Farm Bill to enhance climate change mitigation opportunities from the U.S. agricultural sector?
Explains how reverse auctions can be used as a cost-effective method for allocating funding in US Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
This analysis quantifies and maps the origins of sediment and nutrient runoff that threatens the Mesoamerican Reef. With it, WRI seeks to inform land-use planning, agriculture, conservation and threat mitigation efforts.
Outlines economic and "fairness" reasons why supporting the sale of the cost-share portion of agricultural nutrient and sediment reductions is not the most appropriate policy for the USDA and other government agencies to adopt....
An investment for agriculture, water quality, and climate change
Compares a number of policy options to reduce nutrient loss in the Mississippi River Basin from agricultural sources, provide new income sources for farmers, and help address hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nutrient trading's potential to cost-effectively improve water quality...
Explores the cost-effectiveness and environmental performance of various strategies to reduce phosphorus loads in nutrient-impaired waterways.
Enhancing Environmental and Economic Performance in U.S. Agriculture
A comprehensive, empirically based analysis of U.S. agricultural sustainability. Uses agronomic and environmental data collected from 45 physical U.S. regions. A tool to assess the environmental and economic impacts of a broad range of policy options.