AGree's work is underpinned by empirical and peer-reviewed research from leading researchers. Each of the papers listed below is written by independent authors; the collection of views and analyses presented in them do not represent official AGree positions nor the opinions of AGree Co-Chairs, Advisors, and partners. The papers are intended to stimulate thoughtful dialogue about pressing issues related to conservation and crop insurance.

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. 6 pages. April 2017.

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

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.

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. 18 pages. February 2015.

Collaborating for Healthy Watersheds: A collaborative white paper by AGree, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the U.S. Water Alliance. 40 pages, February 2015.

Five Point of View Papers on Achieving Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Outcomes in U.S. Agriculture: Overview and Abstracts: Overview and abstracts of five papers offering diverse perspectives on how to achieve productivity, profitability, and environmental outcomes in U.S. agriculture, authored by leading producers and other practitioners and experts at the intersection of agriculture and conservation. 5 pages. September 2014.
  • Cooperative Conservation: A Producer-Led Approach to Achieving Healthy Agricultural Landscapes: Authored by Kristin Weeks Duncanson, owner and partner of Duncanson Growers in Minnesota, former Director of the American Soybean Board, and AGree Advisory Committee member; Jim Moseley, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Indiana farmer, and AGree Co-Chair; and Fred Yoder, Ohio farmer, past President of the National Corn Growers Association, and AGree Advisory Committee member. 14 pages, September 2014.