CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE FARM BILL: Linking conservation compliance requirements in the farm bill — soil erosion reduction, wetlands protection and other initiatives — to crop insurance and other subsidies is pretty good policy, Eli Lehrer of the free market R Street Institute writes in a new paper. “In addition to accomplishing their desired purpose, conservation compliance incentives are simply smart policy. While the programs certainly have costs for taxpayers, they achieve obvious public purposes for very minimal outlays from the Treasury. For farmers, there are no real costs. If farmers do not want to access the subsidies, they do not have to participate.” The paper:

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