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Pay-for-Performance Conservation Using SWAT Highlights Need for Field-Level Agricultural Conservation

Abstract Pay-for-performance (PFP) is a relatively new approach to agricultural conservation that attaches an incentive payment to quantified reductions in nutrient runoff from a participating farm. Similar to a payment for ecosystem services approach, PFP lends itself to providing incentives for the most beneficial practices at the field level. To date, PFP conservation in the U.S. has only been applied in small pilot programs. Because monitoring conservation performance for each field enrolled in a program would be cost-prohibitive, field-level modeling can provide cost-effective estimates of anticipated improvements in nutrient runoff. We developed a PFP system that uses a unique application of one of the leading agricultural models, the USDA’s S... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Muenich, Rebecca (ASU author) / Kalcic, M. M. (Author) / Winsten, J. (Author) / Fisher, K. (Author) / Day, M. (Author) / O'Neil, G. (Author) / Wang, Y.-C. (Author) / Scavia, D. (Author) / Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering / School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
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Extent 14 pages
Language English
Identifier DOI: 10.13031/trans.12379 / ISSN: 2151-0032 / ISSN: 2151-0040
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Citation Pay-for-Performance Conservation Using SWAT Highlights Need for Field-Level Agricultural Conservation. Transactions of the ASABE. 60(6): in press. (doi: 10.13031/trans.12379) Copyright 2017
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