Marc Ribaudo

Marc Ribaudo
Senior Economist


Marc Ribaudo is currently a Senior Economist in the Conservation and Environment Branch of ERS's Resource and Rural Economics Division. His primary areas of expertise are water quality, and policy design for addressing agriculture-related environmental issues.


Marc has spent his entire professional career at ERS, beginning in 1983. Initial projects centered on the water quality benefits from soil conservation programs and the Conservation Reserve Program. Other issues he has studied include targeting conservation programs for water quality improvement, costs of reducing atrazine in water, costs of reducing nutrient loads to the Gulf of Mexico, design of nonpoint source control policies, environmental credit trading, costs of managing manure to reduce impacts on water quality, the influence of environmental stringency on farm management decisions, and agriculture's potential role in markets for ecosystem services.


B.S. in Natural Resource Management and M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics (University of Maine), Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (Pennsylvania State University)

Professional Affiliations:

American Agricultural Economics Association and Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

Selected Publications:

Ribaudo, M.; Nickerson, C. (2009) "Agriculture and Water Quality Trading: Exploring the Possibilities." Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 1-7.

Ribaudo, M.; Kuchler, F.; Mancino, L. (2008) " Market Failures: When the Invisible Hand Gets Shaky," Amber Waves, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 34-39.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Johansson, R. (2007) "Nutrient Management Use at the Rural-Urban Fringe: Does Demand for Environmental Quality Play a Role?" Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 689-699.

Ribaudo, M.; Johansson, R.; Jones, C. (2006) " Environmental Credit Trading: Can Farming Benefit?" Amber Waves, Vol. 3, Special Issue, pp. 46-51.

Ribaudo, M.; Weinberg, M. (2005) " Improving Air and Water Quality Can Be Two Sides of the Same Coin." Amber Waves, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 34-41.

Ribaudo, M.; Agapoff, J. (2005) "Importance of Cost Offsets for Dairy Farms Meeting a Nutrient Application Standard." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 173-184.

Ribaudo, M.O. (2004) "Policy Explorations and Implications for Non-Point Source Pollution Control: Discussion." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 86, No. 5, pp. 1220-1221.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Heimlich R.; Peters, M. (2004) "Nitrogen Sources and Gulf Hypoxia: Potential for Environmental Credit Trading." Ecological Economics, Vol. 52, pp. 159-168.

Ribaudo, M.O., Cattaneo, A; Agapoff, J. (2004) "Cost of Meeting Manure Nutrient Application Standards in Hog Production: The Roles of EQIP and Fertilizer Offsets." Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 430-444.

Ribaudo, M. (2003) " Dead Zone in the Gulf: Addressing Agriculture's Contribution." Amber Waves, Vol. 1, No. 5, p. 8.

Ribaudo, M. (2003) " Managing Manure: New Clean Water Act Regulations Create Imperative for Livestock Producers." Amber Waves, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 30-37.

Ribaudo, M.; Gollehon, N.; Agapoff, J. (2003) "Land Application of Manure by Animal Feeding Operations: Is More Land Needed?" Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 30-38.

Ribaudo, M. (2002) "Livestock Operations Face Greater Restriction," Agricultural Outlook, AGO-290, April.

Ribaudo, M.; Hoag, D.; Smith, M.; Heimlich, R. (2001) "Politics and Indices in the Conservation Reserve Program," Ecological Indicators, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 11-20.

Ribaudo, M; Heimlich, R.; Claassen, R.; Peters, M. (2001) "Least-cost Management of Nonpoint Source Pollution: Source Reduction vs. Interception Strategies for Controlling Nitrogen Loss in the Mississippi Basin," Ecological Economics, Vol. 37, pp. 183-197.

Ribaudo, M.; Kuch, P. (1999) "The Clean Water Action Plan: New Directions or Going in Circles?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 81, No. 5, pp. 1205-1209.

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