Partnership in Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)
NIFA is one of the lead federal agencies of the Conservation Effects Assessment Projects (CEAP). CEAP is a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental benefits of conservation practices used by private landowners participating in selected U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs.
The lead USDA agencies involved in CEAP include the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Agricultural Research Service, NIFA, the Farm Service Agency, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Other agencies are also cooperating on CEAP, including the Economic Research Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
CEAP includes three primary components, a National Assessment that is broadest in both geographical and topical scope, Watershed Assessment Studies focused on in-depth research and modeling at the watershed scale, and Bibliographies and Literature Reviews including dynamic bibliographies.
NIFA is primarily participating in the Watershed Assessment Studies component of CEAP and the interagency coordination of CEAP activities through the steering committee. NIFA is leading a joint competitive grants program for CEAP with NRCS.
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