An economic analysis of USDA erosion control programs: A new perspective

Strohbehn, R. (1986) An economic analysis of USDA erosion control programs: A new perspective. Documentation. Economic Research Service, Washington.

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Soil conservation programs would be more effective if they focused more on controlling erosion on highly erodible land. Significant effort and funding for current programs are directed to cropland that erodes at less than 5 tons per acre per year. Yet, the benefits of erosion control measures exceed the costs involved only on land eroding at about 15 tons per acre per year and above. More benefits from controlling erosion on cropland are offsite, realized away from the cropland itself, indicating the significance of public benefits from soil conservation efforts

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soil conservation, soil productivity, offsite benefits, benefit-cost analysis, cropland, erosion
Author Affiliation: Natural Resource Economics Division
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Soil Science and Microbiology > Soil Sciences
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 04:55
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 04:55

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