This article describes the policy shift in the 2002 Farm Bill toward increased funding of conservation policies, and shifting conservation priorities. The share of conservation funds allocated to working lands (land used for crop production or grazing) will increase, a modest increase in retirement programs will focus largely on wetland restoration, and the role of benefit-cost targeting in working land programs will be reduced, potentially reducing the cost-effectiveness of these programs.
Emphasis Shifts in U.S. Agri-Environmental Policy
Washington, DC; USDA Economic Research Service
November 07, 2003
Conservation Policies and Programs, Farm Bill