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Economic Tools

These NRCS Economic Tools are organized by landuse and type of conservation planning analysis.
Please contact any of the NRCS State Economists or Center Economists if you have questions on their usage.

NRCS Economics Handbooks and Technical notes

General Conservation Planning Contact
Conservation Plan Review Checklist Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Conservation Effects for Decisionmakers (CED) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
FOTG Conservation Practice Physical Effects (CPPE) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
EPIC, Environmental Policy Integrated Climate Model Blackland Research Center
Financial Feasibility and Scheduling Conservation Practice Installation June Grabemeyer, MI
IMPLAN Regional Input/Output Modeling with 30 NRCS examples David Buland, CNTSC
NRCS Photo Gallery NRCS
Prioritization Worksheet, (XLS, 44KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
RMS Planning Tool National (Current) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Watershed Protection Contact
Flood Damage Assessment Tools NRCS
Emergency Watershed Program, Example (XLS, 77.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Decision Support for Homeowners and Fire Ecosystems
for Benefits and Costs Estimation
(XLS, 210 KB)
Madalene Ransom, ENTSC
Project Planning Chart and POW, (XLS, 26KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Search for the Elusive 35%; A Sponsor Dilemma (DOC, 83KB)
Search for the Elusive 35%; A Sponsor Dilemma (PPT,  5MB)
James Featherston

 

General Economic Planning Contact
Average Annual Varying Costs or Benefits (XLS, 18.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Cost Estimating Program for the CSP program (XLS, 182 KB) Bill Hughes, Alabama
Economic Technical Note No. 200-ECN-1, Basic Economic Analysis Using T-Charts Hal Gordon, WNTSC
FOTG Conservation Practice Economic Effects (XLS, 125 KB) Douglas C Vik, SD
Conservation Practice Cost Estimator (XLS, 240 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Dollars and Sense in Conservation Flo Swartz
Economic Training Recommendations for Conservation Planners (DOC, 26.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Economic Proficiency Model for Conservation Planners (DOC, 61.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
One day Introduction to Economics Of Conservation Training Course from Maine
.   ME Intro to Econ I Introduction (PPT, 1.22 MB)
.   ME Intro to Econ II Analysis Types (PPT, 531 KB)
.   ME Intro to Econ III NRCS tools (PPT, 2.71 MB)
John Long, Maine
Oregon Operation and Maintenance Cost Factors (XLS, 30.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Tools to Evaluate Economics (2009), (PPT, 2.2MB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Financial Functions, Investments, and Retirement Contact
Time and Money Training Sites and Tools David Buland, CNTSC
Amortization Card Annual  and  Amortization Card Monthly Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Average Annual Varying Costs or Benefits (XLS, 18.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Interpolation Between Known Points (XLS, 19.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Interest and Annuity Spreadsheet (XLS, 89.5 KB) David Faulkner, VA
Interest and Annuity Spreadsheet (XLS, 42.5 KB) Douglas C Vik, SD
Interest and AnnuityTable 2 (XLS, 71.5 KB) Douglas C Vik, SD
Most Commonly Used Time Value Equations (XLS, 41.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
NRCS Interest and AnnunityTables (XLS, 32.5 KB) NRCS
Oregon Operation and Maintenance Cost Factors (XLS, 30.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Present Values - Benefits and Costs (XLS, 37KB) Denis Feichtinger, ID
TSP Retirement Income, Time Value of Money (XLS, 35.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Amortization Table with Interest and Principle (XLS, 104 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Interest and Annuity Spreadsheets and Programs (XLS, 135 KB) NRCS

 

Crop/Hay Contact
Cover Crop Economics Tool Lauren Cartwright, MO
Bryon Kirwan, IL
Cover Crops: Why grow a crop you do not sell? Webinar
Case Study - Transition to Cover Crop for a Beginning Farmer
The Corn Story the First Year
Lynn Knight, ENTSC
Cover Crop with HRW Wheat Economics CO/WY Aaron Waller, CO/WY
Conservation Pays: Minimal Till Sugar Beets in Northeast Montana, MT-11 Lakeitha Ruffin, MT
CREP Participation Worksheet, calculation of practices, costs and payment incomes David Faulkner, VA
CRP Worksheet; calculation of practices, costs and payment incomes, David Faulkner, VA
ECP Worksheet, calculation of practices, costs and payment incomes David Faulkner, VA
Soil Carbon Sequestration Opportunities for Montana Producers, MT-10(PDF, 51KB) Lakeitha Ruffin, MT
Applying Biosolids: Issues for Virginia Agriculture (PDF, 60.4 KB) David Faulkner, VA
CP33 Buffer Economics (PDF, 16KB)
CP33 Economic Decision Support Tool - Soybeans (XLS, 600KB)
CP33 Economic Decision Support Tool - Corn (XLS, 600KB)
Philip Barbour
Buffer$: A Conservation Buffer Economic Tool (XLS, 6 MB) NAC
Estimating Economic Impact of Conservation Field Borders on Farm Revenue Philip Barbour
Crop Rotation Analysis (XLSX, 55.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Direct Seeding/No-Till Cost Estimates (XLS, 202 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
FarmDoc, Farm Management Tools University of Illinois
Energy Estimator: Nitrogen Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Energy Estimator: Tillage Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Crops and Farm Machinery Decision Tools
MACHDATA.xlsm, REPAIRCOST.XLS, CROPBUD.xlsm; HAYCUTDATE.xls
William F. Lazarus, MN
Farm Machinery Cost Estimates, (XLS, 134KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Economic Damage Estimate from Gully Formation (XLS, 31.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Fertilizer Blend Calculator (XLS, 46.5 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Fuel Use Per Acre, Simple Estimator (XLS, 33KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Economics of Grass Seed Fertilization (XLS, 32 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Irrigation Energy Cost Estimator Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Energy Conservation on Irrigated Land in Eastern Montana,MT-9, (PDF, 44KB) Rena Ruffin
TN.190.NM.6 : Nutrient Efficiency and Management - 6 (PDF, 122KB) Norm Widman
Irrigation Contact
Energy Conservation on Irrigated Land in Eastern Montana, Econ TN MT-9 Rena Ruffin
Value of an additional cfs of water for Hydro Power Generation, (XLS, 18KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Irrigation System - Cost Analysis (XLS, 69.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Colorado High Plains Irrigation Practices Guide Aaron Waller, CO
Costs for Big Gun Irrigation System (XLS, 11.4 KB) Rena Ruffin
Costs for Center Pivot Irrigation System (XLS, 12.3 KB) Rena Ruffin
Costs for Drip Irrigation System (XLS, 12.7 KB) Rena Ruffin
Costs for Gated Pipe Irrigation System (XLS, 12.5 KB) Rena Ruffin
Irrigation Energy Cost Estimator Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Cost Estimate of Pipeline Projects (XLS, 95.0 KB) Greg Card, OR
Estimating the Cost of Irrigation Water (XLS, 14.5 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Costs for Wheel Line (Diesel) Irrigation System (XLS, 12.6 KB) Rena Ruffin
Costs for Wheel Line (Electric) Irrigation System (XLS, 12.6 KB) Rena Ruffin
Irrigation Pipe Cost Estimator (XLS, 140 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC

 

Energy Contact
Animal Housing Energy Estimator Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Energy Estimator: Irrigation Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Energy Estimator: Nitrogen Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Energy Estimator: Tillage Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Hydro Power Value (XLS, 19.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
ManureNet, A Canadian Website for Bioenergy and Manure Management Information Leah Duzy, MN
Tools To Calculate Digester Economics Bill Lazarus, MN
Bioenergy Crop Production Costs for Switchgrass, (XLS, 46KB) Flo Swartz, NY
Bioenergy Crop Production Costs for Willows, (XLS, 45KB) Flo Swartz, NY
Biomass for Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts Flo Swartz
TN.210. Biomass Energy Technical Note No. 1 AN ANALYSIS OF ENERGY PRODUCTION COSTS
FROM MANURE ANAEROBIC DIGESTION SYSTEMS ON U.S. LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Kelsi S. Bracmort
Economics TN MT-9, Energy Conservation on Irrigated Land in Eastern Montana, (PDF, 42KB) Rena Ruffin
Value of an additional cfs of water for Hydro Power Generation, (XLS, 18KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
PROFITABLE GRAZING-BASED DAIRY SYSTEMS,  (PDF, 900kKB) Kevin Ogles

 

Forest Contact
Bioenergy Crop Production Costs for Willows, (XLS, 45KB) Flo Swartz, NY
Biomass for Bioenergy, Biofuels and Bioproducts Flo Swartz
Buffer$: A Conservation Buffer Economic Tool (XLS, 6 MB) NAC
Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways NAC
EconSurvivalHandPlantedBuffers.pdf (PDF, 2.75 MB)
Economics and Survival of Hand Planted Riparian Forest Buffers,(PDF, 2.75 MB)
John Long, Maine
The Economics of Culvert Replacement: Fish Passage in Eastern Maine (PDF, 70KB) John Long, Maine
The Economics of Timber Stand Management  (XLSM, 45KB) Lauren Cartwright, MO
Economics of Converting Existing Forestland to Pasture  (XLSM, 45KB) Lauren Cartwright, MO
Economics of Windbreaks Leah Duzy, ARS
Forest and Windbreak Economic Tools NRCS
Forestry Economic Analysis (XLS, 305 KB) James Featherston, TX
Forestry Planning and Cost Estimate(XLS, 172 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Rotation Budget for Hybrid Popular for Pulp Fiber (XLS, 22.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Nevada Bureau Revegtation Cost Model(PDF, 117 KB) Larry Edmonds
NRCS Texas Forestry Economics Budgets for clearing, thinning, and replanting (XLS,100KB) James Featherston
Soil Carbon Sequestration Opportunities for Montana Producers (PDF, 51KB) Rena Ruffin
USDA Forest Service Ecosystem Services Website USDA Forest Service

 

Headquarters, Feedlots, and Animal Waste Contact
Biomass Energy TN1 An Analysis of Energy Production Costs
from Manure Anaerobic Digestion Systems on US Livestock Production Facilities
Kelsi S. Bracmort
Animal Waste Nutrient Value Analysis (XLS, 46.0 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Animal Waste Nutrient Analysis (Pigs) (XLS, 18.0 KB) Larry Edmonds, WA
Tools To Calculate Digester Economics
.   .   Anaerobic Digester Economics Spreadsheet
.   Anaerobic Digestion and Bio-Energy, Cornell
.   Florida Digester Economic Spreadsheet for Dairy
.   Cofermentation Of Swine Manure, Cellulosic Feedstocks
Bill Lazarus, MN
ManureNet, A Canadian Website Dedicated to Manure Management Leah Duzy, MN
Animal Housing Energy Estimator Kenneth (Kip) Pheil
Animal Waste Economic Analysis, Alabama (XLS, 78.5 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Animal Waste Economics, Oregon, Costs
(rent, lagoon, tank, compost, biogas)
(XLS, 140 KB)
Hal Gordon, WNTSC
University of Nevada Cattle Software Tools
.  Calfback - compare the economics of back-grounding calves in feedlot or pasture.
.  CowCost - evaluate how much you can afford to spend buying a cow.
.  Feedlot - compare the economics of placing calves into the feedlot.
.   Grassfat - compare the economics for pasturing yearlings.
Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Cow Calf Budget Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Dairy Cow Budget (XLS, 147 KB) Larry Edmonds, WA
Dairy Cost Analysis (XLS, 44.5 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Dairy Cow Cost Analysis (XLS, 15.6 KB) Larry Edmonds WA
Dairy Farmer Profitability Using Intensive Rotational Stocking, (PDF, 280KB) David Buland
Dairy Dragline, Dairy Waste Management Analysis (XLS, 743 KB) Larry Edmonds, WA
Dairy Heifer Cost Analysis (XLS, 20.5 KB) Larry Edmonds, WA
Economic Value of Manure (XLS, 26.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
FLORIDA Dairy / Beef, Livestock Shade Structures - Costs and Benefits (DOC, 174KB) Jessica Bertine, FL
Livestock Feed Cost Analysis (XLS, 74.0 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Poultry Litter Manure Transfer Incentives Larry Poindexter, OK
TN.190.RP.1 Profitable Grazing-Based Dairy Systems, (PDF, 890 KB) James B. Cropper
Renting Buildings-How to Calculate Options Bryon Kirwan

 

Range and Pastureland Contact
University of Nevada Cattle Software Tools
.  Calfback - compare the economics of back-grounding calves in a feedlot or on pasture.
.   CowCost - evaluate how much you can afford to spend buying a cow.
.   Feedlot - compare the economics of placing calves into the feedlot.
.   Grassfat - compare the economics for pasturing yearlings.
Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Break-Even Forage Yield and AUM Value (XLS, 33.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Buy and Sell Steers Economic Analysis (XLS, 28.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Cost Estimate of Wire or Electric Fence (XLS, 36.0 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Cow Calf Budget, Alabama (XLS, 63.5 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Cow Calf Budget, Oregon Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Cow Calf Ranch Budget, Texas (XLS, 295 KB) James Featherston, TX
Dairy Farmer Profitability Using Intensive Rotational Stocking, (PDF, 280KB) David Buland, CNTSC
The Economics of Grazing (PPT, 646KB) Leah Duzy, ARS
Economics of Windbreaks Leah Duzy, ARS  
The Economics of Replacing Endophyte Infected Fescue
with Novel Endophyte Fescue on Cow-Calf and Beef Stocker Operations
Lauren Cartwright, MO
FLORIDA Dairy / Beef, Livestock Shade Structures - Costs and Benefits, (DOC, 174KB) Jessica Bertine, FL
Grazing Economics Analysis,(XLS, 225KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Missouri NRCS Economics Tool, (XLS, 1.2MB)
Economics of Converting Existing Forestland to Pasture
The Economics of Renovating Pasture for Cow Calf and Beef Stocker Operations, (DOC, 590KB)
Lauren Cartwright, MO
Organic Livestock Production Leah Duzy
Pasture Fertilization, Max Profit (XLS, 68.5 KB) Hal Gordon, WNTSC
Pasture Planting Cost Estimate (XLS, 60.5 KB) David Faulkner, VA
Ranch Budget Spreadsheet (XLS, 30.0 KB) Jon Gustafson, CA
Range Planting Cost Estimate (XLS, 171 KB) NRCS
Stocker Ranch Budget (XLS, 74.0 KB) JamesFeatherston, TX
Fence Design and Cost Calculator (XLS, 67.0 KB) Bill Hughes, AL
Seed Mix and Cost Calculator (XLS, 171 KB) NRCS
WasteCalendarCalculator (XLS, 134 KB)
WasteCalendarCalculator(Example) (XLS, 135 KB)
Bill Hughes, AL
Water Development Costs on Grazed Lands (XLS, 80.0 KB) Douglas C Vik, SD

 

Wildlife and Recreation Contact
Contingent Valuation and Recreation Value Studies David Buland
The Economics of Culvert Replacement: Fish Passage in Eastern Maine, (DOC, 70KB) John Long
Estimating Economic Impact of Conservation Field Borders on Farm Revenue
CP33 Buffer Economics (PDF, 16KB)
CP33 Economic Decision Support Tool - Soybeans (XLS, 600KB)
CP33 Economic Decision Support Tool - Corn (XLS, 600KB)
Philip Barbour
Estimating Economic Impact of Salmon (XLS, 76.0 KB)
Instructions for Estimating the Impact of Salmon (XLS, 509 KB)
Madalene Ransom, ENTSC