Progress 10/01/05 to 09/30/07
OUTPUTS: The investigator, or colleagues funded under additional grants related to this umbrella project, has presented preliminary results related to the project at meetings of agricultural and environmental economists. There are also press reports of a project involving experimental markets connecting residential homeowners to farmers who agree to manage hayfields to project grassland nesting birds, such as the article by Anderson (Save the Hay) in Audubon magazine for November-December 2007 for which project personnel were interviewed prior to the project ending date.
PARTICIPANTS: Residents of Jamestown, RI (about 2500 homeowners). Professors S.K. Swallow, C.M. Anderson, E. Uchida. EcoAsset Markets Inc. partners R. Pace and P. Gengler. Farmers of the Jamestown Farm Viability Committee. Research Associate C. Trocki.
TARGET AUDIENCES: This effort will produce academic knowledge about values for ecosystem services from farms and about methods to convert those values into potential revenues. Audiences include farmers, land trusts, and residents of ex-urban communities. Also included are wildlife managers and conservation professionals concerned with grassland nesting birds and ecosystem services.
PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: No major changes are applicable.
This project works in conjunction with a USDA/NRCS grant to run an experimental market connecting grassland nesting bird habitat values from farms to residents of a nearby exurban community in Jamestown, RI. Project participants completed a survey of stated preferences for farm management intended to support grassland nesting birds in Jamestown, RI. The study uncovered results indicating that homeowners may be more willing to pay to help restore idled fields to productive hayfields, removing invasive plants, than to pay specifically for the range of bobolinks (a grassland nesting bird) that might be supported. Also, in a hypothetical (stated-preference) setting, the survey examined several alternative mechanisms by which real money payments could be solicited in running a test market for selling ecosystem services to residents of an exurban community. Willingness to pay differences were found under these different mechanisms (based on stated choices) but there appeared
to be no statistically significant difference in the relative preference of different attributes of farm management for grassland nesting birds.
- Uchida, Emi, C. Anderson, S. Swallow. 2007. Marketing ecosystem services from agricultural land: Stated Preferences over Payment Mechanisms and Actual Sales of Farm-Wildlife Contracts. Selected paper presented to American Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Portland, OR (available at http://agecon.lib.umn.edu/cgi-bin/pdf_view.pl?paperid=26465&ftype=.pd f)