Posted: October 13, 2010

Marc Ribaudo '83 Ph.D. Agricultural Economics

FMarc Ribaudo is a senior economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, focusing on water-quality policy. During his career, Ribaudo has addressed issues such as conservation policy, water quality improvement, environmental credit trading and the cost of reducing nutrient loads to the Gulf of Mexico. He currently is working on a project dealing with the implications of nitrogen in agricultural systems.

He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee to Improve the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program from 1999 to 2001, and he was a member of the White House Council on Environment and Natural Resources Gulf Hypoxia Assessment's economic assessment team from 1997 to 2000.

In 2001 and 2002 he was co-chair of a USDA/Environmental Protection Agency issue team that performed an economic analysis of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Ribaudo has been recognized for his efforts. He received the USDA Secretary's Group Honor Award for Excellence in 2004 for analysis of the economics of animal waste management and the EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service in 2003 for creating a regulation that balances environmental and business concerns.

A recipient of the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Policy Contribution Award, he is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Ribaudo, who earned his doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Penn State in 1983, resides in Woodbridge with his wife, Lynnette.

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