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Conservation Effects Assessment Project

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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