An Analysis of the Proposed 2007 Farm Bill with Emphasis on the Impacts to Prairie Conservation on the Great Plains

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy And Management


Steven Bissell


2007 farm bill; Agricultural laws and legislation -- United States; Agriculture -- Environmental aspects -- Great Plains; Conservation of natural resources -- Great Plains; farm policy; farm policy analysis; Great Plains; plains agriculture; prairie conservation; prairie land use; prairie restoration; Restoration ecology


Land conservation and restoration efforts are most effective when informed by an understanding of the effects of other land-use practices. With over half of the private land in the United States used for agriculture, the federal Farm Bill is in effect the single most important land-use legislation. It has particular significance on the agriculturally dependent Great Plains. This project examines three Titles in the administration's proposed 2007 Farm Bill for policy changes affecting land conservation efforts: Commodity Programs, Conservation, and Energy. Changes are compared with three selected land-use policy goals of habitat conservation organizations to identify environmental trends in current farm policy. Those trends are examined for their potential effects on current and future conservation efforts on the Great Plains.

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