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Improving the Cost-effectiveness of Farm Bill Conservation Programs
Winrock International and its partners are convening a participatory workshop focused on the issue of pay-for-performance conservation, which rewards producers for quantifiable conservation outcomes. The specific objectives of this workshop are:
To increase the technical- and cost-effectiveness of farm bill conservation programs by increasing producer flexibility and innovation for providing conservation outcomes.
To develop specific recommendations for incorporating pay-for-performance approaches into Farm Bill conservation programs.
Further details about this workshop can be found on the 2011 Workshop page on the "Quick Links" section the menu.
We are currently looking for watersheds to work with from all across the United States. If you know of a watershed that meets our criteria and is intersted in learning more about performance based incentives, contact us .
The primary goal of this project is to help improve environmental quality and the cost-effectiveness of agricultural nonpoint source pollution (NSP) control. Our aim is to facilitate the development and use of performance-based incentives.
Are payments for achieving specific environmental performance targets, often measured at the farm level.
Allow farmers to achieve specified environmental performance targets in any way they choose.
Allow farmers to earn additional income by reducing costs for NSP control.
Incentivize farmers to choose the most cost-effective actions to meet the performance targets.
Provides a cleaner environment and greater accountability for tax payers.
The PEPA initiative currently consists of two projects for developing performance based incentives.
National Facilitation Project
Conducting education and outreach on the concept of performance-based incentives to watershed stakeholders and other groups around the U.S.
Providing resources and facilitation to watershed groups to develop plans for using performance-based incentives.
Providing performance-based incentive payments to farmers in Iowa and Vermont for meeting specific environmental performance targets.
Assessing implementation strategies and cost-effectiveness of performance-based incentive programs.
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