Mississippi State University
Mark D. McConnell
Kristine O. Evans
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Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Master of Science
College of Forest Resources
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
The collective body of U.S. legislation, colloquially known as the Farm Bill, authorizes a suite of practices and programs under its Conservation Title. This includes the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which incentivizes agricultural producers to remove arable land from production to enhance soil retention, improve water quality, and restore wildlife habitat. Conservation Practice 33: Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds (CP-33) was the first CRP practice to target wildlife habitat restoration. CP-33 incentivizes producers to reestablish native herbaceous vegetation along crop field margins. Producers are often concerned with the economic opportunity costs of CP-33 enrollment. I used yield data derived from 44 agricultural fields in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, USA to compare the environmental and economic opportunities associated with CP-33 establishment. I used yield data to develop a revenue distribution function to illustrate CP-33 revenue as commodity prices fluctuate. I found that as commodity prices increase, CP-33 implementation becomes less profitable.
Bedwell, Emily Kranz, "Impact of economically targeted conservation delivery on agricultural revenue across a range of commodity prices" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5208.