Research Task: RB00CM7.1.0
Task Manager: Mark Vandever
Agricultural land use accounts for over 50 percent of the surface area of the contiguous United States. How these lands are managed has direct and indirect implications for wildlife, water quality, and air quality in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems locally and far beyond their extent. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) needs information quantifying the effects of individual conservation practices and the effectiveness of administration of its conservation programs. Under guidance from the FSA, FORT scientists are completing biological, social, and economic research focusing on assisting the FSA in refining management actions and policy decisions to achieve long-term provision of wildlife habitats and other environmental services compatible with farm operations and USDA environmental goals in agricultural landscapes. Results of FORT studies are used by the FSA and other USDA conservation programs, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, State agencies, and non-governmental conservation organizations involved in implementing conservation policies affecting agricultural lands.
For more information contact Mark Vandever