RALPH EDWARD HEIMLICH

Agricultural Conservation Economics (ACE)
7914 Belgaro Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723-1109
301-498-0722
aceheimlich@comcast.net

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

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
ERS, USDA

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
ERS, USDA

October 1983-June 1990

Agricultural Economist
Land Use Section
Resources and Technology Division
ERS, USDA

December 1977-October 1983

Economist/Resource Planner
Northeast Resources Group
River Basin Planning Branch
Natural Resource Economics Division
ERS, USDA

March 1974-September 1976

Research Assistant
Gladstone Associates
Newport, Rhode Island December

1970-December 1973

Supply Officer
U.S. Navy
Newport, Rhode Island

EDUCATION:

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

AWARDS AND HONORS:

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)

COMMITTEE AND SERVICE ACTIVITY:

  • RED Amber Waves Editor, 2001-2003RED 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

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • American Agricultural Economics Association Soil and Water
  • Conservation Society