HTML _ 96-648 - Conservation Compliance for Agriculture: Status and Policy Issues
10-Apr-1998; Jeffrey Zinn; 6 p.

Abstract: Provisions enacted in the 1985 Food Security Act require farmers producing agricultural commodities on highly erodible land to fully implement an approved conservation plan to remain eligible for certain firm program benefits. About 140 million acres, more than a third of the country's cropland, is classified as highly erodible. This program, known as ¨conservation compliance,¨ was amended in 1990 and 1996. This paper reviews the compliance concept, the program requirements, and the implementation record. It also introduces three policy topics: the effect of compliance on erosion rates and patterns; the effectiveness and flexibility of implementation; and the possible impact of changes to commodity policies enacted in the 1996 farm bill. [read report]

Topics: Agriculture

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