Conservation Effects Assessment
As part of USDA’s Conservation
Effects Assessment Project (CEAP),
resource economists from Iowa
State, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State,
and Purdue Universities are conducting
several watershed-based studies to evaluate
the socio-economic benefits of conservation.
Through CEAP, USDA will also study environmental
effects of federal conservation programs
on agricultural land, such as water and
air quality and wildlife habitats. Resource
economists at these land-grant universities
are collaborating with physical and biological
scientists and staff at USDA’s Agricultural
Research Service and Natural Resources
Conservation Service to assess the socio-economic
benefits resulting from producers’ participation
in various conservation programs.
Additional information about CEAP, including
a list of special emphasis and benchmark
watersheds, can be found in the NIFA press
release. Further information on CEAP is available on the NIFA Water Program page.
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