Research

The Task Force’s work is underpinned by empirical and peer-reviewed research from leading researchers. Each of the papers listed below was written by independent authors; the views and analyses presented do not represent official Task Force or AGree positions. The papers are intended to stimulate thoughtful dialogue about pressing issues related to conservation and crop insurance.

USDA and Agriculture Data: Improving Productivity While Protecting Producer Privacy: This issue paper explores ways that agriculture data is currently utilized and explains how a data warehouse at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could improve intra-agency efficiency and enable cutting-edge agricultural research. Todd J. Janzen and Laurie Ristino, July 2018. 6 pages.

Efficiency Impacts of Utilizing Soil Data in the Pricing of the Federal Crop Insurance Program: This article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics provides a proof of concept for integrating high-resolution soil data into federal crop insurance rate determinations. Ultimately, this data integration could precipitate the adoption of soil enhancing practices into the crop insurance program to improve productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes. Joshua Woodard and Leslie J. Verteramo-Chiu, March 2017. 16 pages.

Crop Insurance, Credit, and Conservation:  This paper examines the relationship between credit risk and the federal crop insurance program and discusses how lending practices impact both agricultural investment decisions and conservation outcomes. Joshua Woodard and Scott Marlow, April 2017. 6 pages.

Four Papers on the U.S. Federal Crop Insurance Program: These commissioned papers explore federal crop insurance, including complex and controversial aspects of the program and creative ideas for change. March 2016. 126 pages.

  • Soil, Conservation, and Federal Crop Insurance. By Joshua D. Woodard.
  • Potential Conservation Implications of Federal Crop Insurance Actual Production History (APH) Procedures. By Barry J. Barnett and Ryan Stockwell.
  • Public and Private Roles in Agricultural Risk Transfer. By Barry Barnett, Keith Coble and Stephanie Mercier.
  • Private Sector Risk Management Tools. By Mike Boehlje and Steve Hofing

Soil Data Not Considered in Cornerstone U.S. Agricultural Policy: Joshua D. Woodard and Leslie J. Verteramo Chiu, February 2016. 28 pages.

Integrating High Resolution Soil Data into Federal Crop Insurance Rates: Actuarial, Policy, and Sustainability Implications: This article provides a proof of concept for integrating high-resolution soil data into federal crop insurance rate determinations. Ultimately, this data integration could precipitate the adoption of soil enhancing practices into the crop insurance program to improve productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes. Joshua D. Woodard, January 2016. 20 pages.

Quantifying Benefits from Adoption of Conserving Agricultural Practices: This paper provides details about public and private data sets that USDA and others could integrate and analyze, and potential uses of these data analysis findings. Stephanie Mercier, February 2015. 18 pages.