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Agricultural Economics | Agriculture | Economic Policy | Economics | Environmental Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


Emily Esch, Philosophy


The purpose of this research is to examine the history of soil erosion and US agricultural policy in order to show why a soil erosion tax would be a good policy. Part A of this essay focuses on the dust bowl as an archetype for modern agriculture and ecological limits. Historical lessons are drawn from the dust bowl that illustrate why a soil erosion tax would be more practical than past policies for agricultural policy to coerce farmers into implement soil conversation practices. Part B of this essay examines the current dilemma of soil erosion and agricultural policy, why a soil erosion tax would be advantageous, and what it might look like.