Agricultural Conservation Economics (ACE)
7914 Belgaro Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723-1109

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May 2003-present Principal
Agricultural Conservation Economics (ACE)
primarily consulting with Environmental Defense's Center for Conservation Incentives
April 1999-May 2003     Deputy Director for Staff Analysis
Resource Economics Division
Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

September. 1992-April 1999  

Geographic Information System Coordinator
Resource Economics Division
December 1991-September 1992 Economist
Agriculture Policy Branch
Office of Policy and Planning Evaluation
Environmental Protection Agency
June 1990-December 1991   Section Leader
Land Use and Capital Investment Section
Resources and Technology Division
October 1983-June 1990 Agricultural Economist
Land Use Section
Resources and Technology Division

December 1977-October 1983

Economist/Resource Planner
Northeast Resources Group
River Basin Planning Branch
Natural Resource Economics Division
March 1974-September 1976   Research Assistant
Gladstone Associates
Newport, Rhode Island
December 1970-December 1973 Supply Officer
U.S. Navy
Newport, Rhode Island


MA Regional Science
University of Pennsylvania 1977
MCP City Planning
University of Pennsylvania 1977
BA Economics
Stanford University 1970


American Agricultural Economics Association
2000 Distinguished Policy Contribution
USDA Economists Group
2001 Fred Woods Public Policy Award
National Partnership for Reinventing Government
1999 Hammer Award--Conservation Reserve Enhancement Team
Soil and Water Conservation Society
2000 Honor Award
1995 Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
1992 Berg Fellow, Soil and Water Conservation Society
USDA Awards (citations in parentheses)
2003 Group Honor Award for Excellence, Farm Bill Analysis Team
(For developing a comprehensive, widely used, and highly acclaimed web-based synthesis and analysis of the 2002 Farm Bill, anchoring the United States Departments of Agriculture's coverage within 9 days of the bill's passage)
1997 Group Honor Award for Excellence, Conservation Reserve Program Team
(Exemplary teamwork in deveoping and implementing a new nationwide policy creating a more environmentally sensitive and cost effective Conservation Reserve Program)
1991 Superior Service Award
(Anticipatory research that contributes to economic understanding of the environmental and natural resource dimensions of farm policy)


RED Amber Waves Editor, 2001-2003
RED Economics Editor for Web2000, 2000-2003
RED representative on ERS\Purdue\Tennessee\NRCS New Generation of Farm Policy working group, 1999-2002
ERS representative, USDA Conservation Reserve Working Group, 1999-2003
Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society Farm Bill Conference Planning Committee, 1998-99
ERS representative, White House Working Group on Wetlands, Vice-President Gore's Clean Water Action Plan, 1997-98
Member, Committee on Precision Farming: Site-Specific Management Information Systems, and Research Opportunities, Board on Agricultural, National Research Council. 1996-97
ERS representative, USDA Agricultural Geographic Data Committee, 1992-2002
ERS representative, Chesapeake Bay Decision Support System, 1993-95
Program Chairman, AAEA Learning Workshop on GIS as a Research Tool for Economists, 1995
Member, Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1994
Officer, Grazing Lands Forum, 1987-94
Member, Great Plains Agricultural Council, CRP Future Task Force, 1992-94
EPA-OPPE representative, Domestic Policy Council Interagency Technical Committee on Wetlands Categorization and Mitigation Banking, 1991-92


American Agricultural Economics Association
Soil and Water Conservation Society

Contact: Ralph Heimlich aceheimlich@comcast.net