How to Achieve Measurably Cleaner Water Through U.S. Farm Conservation Watershed Projectsby Michelle Perez - May 2017
This joint report from WRI and the American Farmland Trust features lessons learned from six water quality targeting project success stories and highlights key factors that allowed these programs to achieve desirable environmental outcomes. It concludes with recommendations for both public and...
Overcoming Barriers to Better Targeting of U.S. Farm Conservation Fundsby Sara Walker and Michelle Perez - June 2014
This issue brief identifies the technical, political, and implementation challenges of cost-effectively targeting agricultural conservation funds to achieve greater improvements in water quality and suggests options for addressing these challenges.
This publication is the third in a...
A National Modeling Analysis on Increasing Cost Effectiveness Through Better Targeting of U.S. Farm Conservation Fundsby Michelle Perez, Katie Reytar, Mindy Selman and Sara Walker - June 2014
In this second installment of our 3-part series on better targeting of U.S. farm conservation funds, WRI found that combining geographic targeting with benefit-cost principles could potentially yield seven to 12 times more environmental...
A Review of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) To Target U.S. Farm Conservation Fundsby Michelle Perez and Sara Walker - January 2014
This paper, first of a 3-part series, provides an assessment of the USDA’s Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), a promising new approach to achieving cleaner water in agriculturally dominated watersheds in the...
Paying for Environmental Performance: Potential Cost Savings Using a Reverse Auction in Program Signupby Mindy Selman, Jenny Guiling, Suzie Greenhaigh and Michael Taylor - July 2008
Paying for Environmental Performance: Estimating the Environmental Outcomes of Agricultural Best Management Practicesby Jenny Guiling and Jonathan St. John - May 2007
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 Billby Evan Branosky and Suzie Greenhalgh - March 2007
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?
by Mindy Selman, Jenny Guiling, Jonathan St. John and Suzie Greenhalgh - January 2007
Explains how reverse auctions can be used as a cost-effective method for allocating funding in US Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
by Evan Branosky - October 2006
How will U.S. agriculture be affected by climate change and how do farmers benefit by decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions?
by Mindy Selman, Suzie Greenhalgh and Michael Taylor - July 2006
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.