State Financing of Soil Conservation Programs

by Dean T. Massey, Univ of Wisconsin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


Federal financial incentives to implement conservation programs under traditional programs probably will not increase. Any increases in present financial incentives and new incentive alternatives must be provided by state and local governments. Over one-half of the states offer some form of financial incentives to farmers for conservation practices, which includes cost-sharing, interest free loans, low interest loans, interest-sharing loans, income and property tax credits or deductions, agricultural preservation programs, and purchase of conservation easements and development rights.

Subject Headings: Financing | Water quality | Federal government | Local government | Agriculture | Taxation | State government | Erosion

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