Improving BMP Cost-Share Enrollment Rates: Insights from a Survey of Florida Farmers

Lauriane S. Yehouenou, Kelly A. Grogan, Xiang Bi, Tatiana Borisova
2020 Agricultural and Resource Economics Review  
This paper investigates cost-share program attributes that would affect producers' willingness to enroll in a cost-share program to fund the adoption of best management practices to improve water quality and decrease water use. Through a survey administered to Florida agricultural producers, we conducted choice experiments to assess farmers' preferences for cost-share programs using five attributes: contracting agency, length of contract, annual verification process, costs included, and percent
more » ... of costs covered. Results suggest that producers prefer cost-share programs with shorter contract lengths, self-monitoring, and administration by agricultural (as opposed to environmental) agencies. Our findings suggest the importance of an existing trust between the local communities and the contracting agencies for higher enrollment rates in cost –share programs. Our results can inform policymakers on ways to increase enrollment rates that move towards long-term environmental goals.
doi:10.1017/age.2020.5 fatcat:hhvi7ugv6nfhjokq6mpj4glgla