Pilot-Testing Performance-Based Incentives

Current programs for controlling agricultural nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in the U.S. consist, in large part, of cost-sharing best management practices and compensating farmers for idling selected tracks of working land. These programs are important tools, but additional flexible tools are necessary. The Pay-for-Performance conservation approach, which was one of the 2014 awardees for a White House and EPA Challenge: Winning Solutions for Nutrient Pollution, provides incentives to participating farmers that are designed to induce the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions for each farm, farmer, and farm business. This summary report provides an overview of results from the pilot-testing in Vermont.
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Grand-Raisin Conservation Community