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Resource Economic and Analysis Division

Mark Xu, Ph.D. Director 

The Resource Economics and Analysis Division (READ) conducts economics and policy analyses that are built around a foundation of data and basic program information. Our analyses promote a better understanding of the costs and benefits of NRCS programs by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic and policy information.  Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of NRCS program delivery and of public spending more generally. READ has two teams.

Our Resource Economics and Analysis team provides policy makers with information on the economic costs and benefits of programs and policies.

Our Strategic Information team provides a solid and consistent foundation of data and information to support the development of sound natural resource, environmental, and climate change policies as they relate to agriculture.