U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)


ABSTRACT

This series of bibliographies was developed in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). CEAP began in 2003 as a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental benefits of conservation practices used by private landowners participating in selected U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs.

Project findings and results will be used to report progress on the environmental effects of these programs, aid discussions on conservation policy development, guide conservation program implementation, and ultimately, help farmers and ranchers make informed conservation choices.

CEAP will assess the benefits of conservation practices associated with the following USDA conservation programs in the 2002 Farm Bill: Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Conservation Security Program (CSP), Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), NRCS Conservation Technical Assistance Program, and Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). Conservation practices that will be assessed include conservation buffers; erosion control; wetlands conservation and restoration; establishment of wildlife habitat; and management of grazing land, tillage, irrigation water, nutrients, and pests.

CEAP will focus on developing approaches, methodologies, and databases to produce scientifically credible estimates of environmental benefits of conservation. Initially, the project will study water quality, soil quality and water conservation on cropland, including enrolled CRP land. Eventually, CEAP will assess benefits to water quality, soil quality, water conservation and wildlife habitat on cropland, grazing land, and wetlands. Work is underway to develop suitable and affordable analytical approaches for these other land uses and natural resource concerns.

Mention of trade names or commercial products in these reports are solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To ensure timely distribution, these reports have been reproduced essentially as supplied by the authors. It has received minimal publication editing and design. The authors' views are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library website USDA CEAP provides all CEAP bibliographies in HTML and PDF formats. The PDF formats are further subdivided into several sections for easier downloads, in lieu of the complete document.

"Environmental Effects of
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Conservation Programs"

Special Reference Brief 2004-01
This bibliography is a guide to literature examining environmental
effects of USDA conservation programs. The information is useful
for assessing on-the-ground results of conservation programs from
various environmental perspectives.

Volume 1 is 145 pages in length, 2.24 MB
"Implementing Agricultural
Conservation Practices:
Barriers and Incentives"

Special Reference Brief 2004-02
This bibliography is a guide to recent literature examining
agricultural producers' views of conservation programs and
practices. It provides people working in the area of agriculture
and the environment with a guide to information resources that
focus on the psychological and socioeconomic factors that
influence agricultural producers' behavior with regard to
environmental issues.

Volume 2 is 114 pages in length, 1.83 MB
"Data and Modeling for
Environmental Credit Trading"

Special Reference Brief 2004-03
This bibliography is a guide to literature on the data and
modeling requirements for environmental credit trading.
It provides people interested in environmental credit trading
and agriculture with information about the current state of data
acquisition and use of simulation models in this emerging field.

Volume 3 is 61 pages in length, 597 KB
"Agricultural Conservation Practices
and Related Issues:
Reviews of the State of the Art
and Research Needs"

Special Reference Brief 2004-04
This bibliography is a guide to recent literature covering
agricultural conservation practices and associated issues.
This bibliography provides people working in the area of
agriculture and the environment with information resources to
help them design and implement productive agricultural systems
that foster environmental protection and improvement.

Volume 4 is 404 pages in length, 3.66 MB
"Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes"
Special Reference Brief 2006-01
This bibliography is a guide to recent scientific literature
covering environmental aspects of wetlands in agricultural
landscapes. The purpose of the bibliography is to highlight
research findings in two main areas: (1) the effect of
conservation practices (and other agricultural activities) on
wetlands and (2) the environmental effects of wetlands as
conservation practices (including constructing and restoring
wetlands). The bibliography will also facilitate the identification
of knowledge gaps regarding effects of conservation practices
on ecosystem services provided by wetlands in agricultual
landscapes, and help identify where research is needed.

Volume 5 is 433 pages in length, 8.91 MB
"Environmental Effects of
Conservation Practices on
Grazing Lands"

Special Reference Brief 2006-02
This bibliography is a guide to recent scientific literature
covering environmental effects of conservation practices on
grazing lands. This information is useful in designing both
policies and on-the-land conservation systems that foster
practical and environmentally sound grazing practices.

Volume 6 is 396 pages in length, 8.43 MB
"Effects of Agricultural Conservation
Practices on Fish and Wildlife,
Part A"

Special Reference Brief 2008-01
This bibliography, in two volumes, is a guide to recent
scientific literature covering effects of agricultural
conservation practices on fish and wildlife. The citations
listed here provide information on how conservation programs
and practices designed to improve fish and wildlife habitat,
as well as those intended for other purposes, e.g., water
quality improvement, affect various aquatic and terrestrial
fauna.

Volume 7a is 398 pages in length, 9.50 MB
"Effects of Agricultural Conservation
Practices on Fish and Wildlife,
Part B"

Special Reference Brief 2008-01
This bibliography, in two volumes, is a guide to recent
scientific literature covering effects of agricultural
conservation practices on fish and wildlife. The citations
listed here provide information on how conservation programs
and practices designed to improve fish and wildlife habitat,
as well as those intended for other purposes, e.g., water
quality improvement, affect various aquatic and terrestrial
fauna.

Volume 7b is 374 pages in length, 5.67 MB



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