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New Perspectives on Agri-environmental Policies

A multidisciplinary and transatlantic approach

Edited by Stephan J Goetz, Floor Brouwer

Routledge – 2010 – 304 pages

Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics

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Significant advances have occurred in recent years in Europe and in North America in addressing agri-environmental policies. Land use issues tend to be more pressing in Europe than in the US as a whole because of different spatial exigencies. Because these advances have taken place within individual academic disciplines, there has been something of a loss of synergy and often efforts are duplicated.

While important institutional and legal differences still exist between the two continents, the sharing of recent scientific advances will benefit scientists on both sides of the Atlantic and this is the main purpose of this book. The primary features of the book are threefold. First, the authors aim to identify options for policy to overcome the challenges ahead related to future agri-environmental policies. Second, they synthesize existing knowledge and identify gaps in current knowledge along with future research needs. Finally, they explicitly compare agri-environmental interactions and approaches to their resolution in Europe and in the US.

This is the only major book of its kind that focuses specifically on the intersection between agricultural and environmental policies and issues. Furthermore, the multi-disciplinary approach taken in the volume, as well as the inclusion of authors from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, makes the book unique. This book will be of most value to university faculty and students interested in agriculture and the environment on both sides of the Atlantic, the text should also be of interest to informed laypersons as well as policymakers.


1. Introduction Stephan Goetz and Floor Brouwer Part One: Understanding current relations between agriculture and environment 2. Land use transitions, demographic change and perceptions of place Jill Findeis 3 . Payments for environmental services from farming; what is the role for governments? An OECD perspective Wilfrid Legg 4. Agri-environmental programs in the US and the EU N elson Bills and Christina van Haaren 5. Evaluation of agricultural land preservation programs Lori Lynch, Wayne Gray and Jacqueline Geoghegan 6. Public preferences for protecting working landscapes Kathleen P. Bell 7 . Small feet, big tracks: the potential economic effects of critical habitat designation on the economy of Southeastern Wyoming Thomas Foulke, David T. Taylor and Roger H. Coupal Part Two: New perspectives on modelling agri-environmental relations 8. Multi-scale integrated analysis of land use change Peter H. Verburg, Koen P. Overmars, Martha Bakker and Louise Willemen 9. Multifunctionality and land use policy: an application of non-market valuation to urban fringe farm and forest Preservation Joshua M. Duke and Robert J. Johnston 10. Agent-based land use models for teaching, extension and collaborative learning Thomas Berger and Pepijn Schreinemachers Part Three: The scope for emerging policies 11. Castles or cattle? Community economics and policy alternatives in the competition for ranch open space values Andrew Seidl, Lindsey Ellingson, Nicholas and CJ Mucklow 12. Using the past to create a sustainable future for agriculture: the impact of federal farm policy on environmental and social landscape change in Iowa Paul W. Brown and Lisa A. Schulte 13. Compliance with standards in European agriculture vis-à-vis main competitors on the world market; a comparative approach on public benefits Floor Brouwer and Roel Jongeneel 14. Designing efficient agri-environmental schemes under consideration of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Europe Bettina Matzdorf, Klaus Müller, Christian Kersebaum, Joachim Kiesel and Thomas Kaiser 15. The future of farmland preservation programs: from retention and viability to resiliency Soji Adelaja, Mary Beth Lake, and Manuel Colunga-Garcia 16. Summary and Conclusion: What we have learned Floor Brouwer and Stephan Goetz

Author Bio

Stephan J. Goetz is Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics at The Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Floor Brouwer is Head of Research Unit Management of Natural Resources at LEI (The Agricultural Economics Research Institute) in they Netherlands, with responsibility for the coordination and management of research on management of natural resources.

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