Economic Research Report No. (ERR-170) 81 pp

July 2014

Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation and Regulatory Offset Programs

"Additionality" is achieved when a conservation program payment results in actions that improve environmental performance of the farm and that would not have occurred without the payment. ERS estimates additionality in various programs. Errata: On April 20, the estimate for adoption of soil conservation structures for payment farms in Table 4 on page 16 was corrected. The entry for "Estimated without payment" for soil conservation structures is 0.18.

Keywords: Additionality, conservation, payments, offsets, greenhouse gas, U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, Economic Research Service, ERS, ERR-170

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