LAND CONVERSION AND THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP) IN NORTH CAROLINA
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This paper will explore the economic factors that influence a rural landowner’s decision to either continue planting crops or to enroll land in CRP. Specifically, I will estimate the extent to which federal commodity subsidies encourage North Carolina farmers to continue producing crops on agricultural land that may otherwise convert to CRP. I will also devise hypothetical policy scenarios related to conservation and commodity government payments in the 2007 Farm Bill to predict land use conversion. My hypotheses are: 1) Commodity subsidies promote inefficiency by encouraging farmers to till unproductive land that would otherwise convert to other uses such as CRP; 2) If the 2007 Farm Bill reduced commodity payments and/or expanded the CRP program, the amount of CRP-enrolled land would increase.
DepartmentNicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Federal Commodity Subsidies
2007 Farm Bill
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