Planting flexibility: Implications for agricultural sustainability

Parveen Setia, Bengt Hyberg, Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, Daryll Ray

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There is a general belief that federal commodity programs restrict adoption of more sustainable production systems. In the 1990 farm legislation, Congress introduced limited planting flexibility to address these concerns and to reduce federal farm program costs. This program estimates the impact of planting flexibility on selected agricultural sustainability indicators and its policy implications. Results show that planting flexibility is a necessary but not sufficient condition for implementing more sustainable production systems. Other factors such as the availability of economically viable alternatives, macroeconomic conditions, and local resource and environmental concerns need to be considered. Policy reforms can help in achieving economic and environmental gains only in locations with economically viable alternatives. In other cases, increased research and development of new systems are needed to achieve desired results. (JEL Q10).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-311
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Advances in Economic Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


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