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2014

Agriculture

University of Vermont

Best management practices

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Farmer Adoption Of Best Management Practices Using Incentivized Conservation Programs, Jennifer Christine Miller Jan 2014

Farmer Adoption Of Best Management Practices Using Incentivized Conservation Programs, Jennifer Christine Miller

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Many farms in the United States impose negative externalities on society. Population growth and the accompanying increase in demand for food further promote this trend of environmental degradation as a by-product of food production. The USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial assistance to farmers who wish to address natural resource concerns by making structural improvements or implementing best management practices (BMPs) on their farms. Regional examinations of program implementation and incentive levels are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of EQIP at both the farm and environmental level. This research addresses this need in the following two ways ...