The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program: Agricultural-Environmental Policy and its Impact on Land Use and County Discretion in Northwest Ohio
This study identifies how the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) influences agricultural land use change and how Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) manage the program. This research documents land use change in the Lake Erie CREP (LECREP) in Northwest Ohio and describes county level implementation of the program. Data for land use change derived from LECREP enrollment figures that came from federal and state agencies. State and county agents were interviewed and the SWCDs within LECREP were surveyed. Enrolled land is changing primarily to grass filter strips. SWCDs exert their discretion through collaborating with non-governmental groups and targeting environmental zones. SWCD efforts can be constrained by rental rates, which may run counter to program goals.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:agricultural policy land use change ohio conservation reserve enhancement
Date of Publication:01/01/2002