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Using an economic input/output model, the community personal income impacts of participating in the Conservation Reserve Program were analyzed for three rural Oregon counties. While individual farmers may benefit from participation, there may be net adverse impact on the community if the retired land is relatively productive or if the inputs that are no longer purchased would have been purchased locally. These negative effects may be exacerbated if participating farmers quit farming and leave the local area or if the Conservation Reserve Program benefits go to absentee landowners. The Conservation Reserve Program may then represent a conflict between community and national policy objectives.

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