USDA Wants More Bang for Conservation Bucks

Read the full story in Lancaster Farming.

The federal government is always under pressure to use money wisely, and that’s certainly true with USDA’s conservation programs.

“Just the fact that these are taxpayer dollars is enough of a reason to be cost-effective, but in terms of meeting program objectives, the more cost-effective a program is, the more farmers that can be reached, the more issues can be addressed,” said Marc Ribaudo, chief of the Conservation and Environment Branch in the USDA Economic Research Service.

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