Multifunctional Agriculture in the United States

  • Boody G
  • Vondracek B
  • Andow D
 et al. 
  • 255

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 173

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

We evaluated possible changes to current farming practices in two Minnesota watersheds to provide insight into how farm policy might affect envi-
ronmental, social, and economic outcomes.Watershed residents helped develop four scenarios to evaluate alternative future trends in agricultural
management and to project potential economic and environmental outcomes.We found that environmental and economic benefits can be attained
through changes in agricultural land management without increasing public costs. The magnitude of these benefits depends on the magnitude of changes to agricultural practices. Environmental benefits include improved water quality, healthier fish, increased carbon sequestration, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions, while economic benefits include social capital formation, greater farm profitability, and avoided costs. Policy transitions that emphasize functions of agriculture in addition to food production are crucial for creating change.We suggest that redirecting farm payments by using alternative incentives could lead to substantial environmental changes at little or no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Author-supplied keywords

  • carbon sequestration
  • farm policy
  • greenhouse gases
  • nutrient runoff
  • suspended sediment

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • George Boody

  • Bruce Vondracek

  • David Andow

  • Mara Krinke

  • John Westra

  • Julie Zimmerman

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free