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Pay for Performance Conservation Agriculture

04.03.14 |

In 2013, Delta Institute began a three-year pilot effort with partners Winrock International and Sand County Foundation to work with farmers in the Milwaukee River watershed on implementation of a new model of agricultural conservation. This innovative pilot offered payments to participating farmers according to the demonstrated environmental outcomes of their conservation activities, marking a shift from the pay-for-activities model to the more cost-effective approach that pays for environmental results. This approach provides economic benefits for the farmer, but it also provides measurable environmental improvements for water quality. See how it works.