Marca Weinberg is Director of the Resource and Rural Economics
Division. She has served as Associate Director, and from 2000 to
2009 she was Chief of the division's Resource, Environmental,
and Science Policy (RESP) Branch. As Branch Chief, she managed a
program of activities focused on estimating costs, benefits, and
distributional implications of policy design options for addressing
the environmental impacts of agricultural production and of the
non-commodity services agriculture provides. The policy perspective
for this research includes climate and energy policy; conservation
programs authorized in Federal farm legislation such as the
Conservation and Wetlands Reserve Programs, the Environmental
Quality Incentives Program, and Conservation Compliance; as well as
Federal environmental legislation with potential implications for
agricultural production, such as the Clean Water Act.
Marca's research background and expertise also include western
water issues, such as water quality-quantity tradeoffs, Federal
water policy reform, and the economic implications of the Federal
Endangered Species Act as applied to species dependent on riverine
ecosystems, as well as spatial land use issues, particularly as
applied to wetlands management.
Marca became Director in October 2012, and has previously served
as Associate Director of the division. For over 9 years she was
Chief of the division's Resource, Environmental, and Science Policy
(RESP) Branch. From 1995 to 2000, Marca was Assistant Professor,
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of
California, Davis. She earlier served as an economist with ERS
(1991-93) and with the Congressional Budget Office (1993-95).
Marca received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics
from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Political
Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California,
Weinberg, Marca and Roger Claassen,
Rewarding Farm Practices versus Environmental Performance,
Economic Brief No. EB5, (March 2006), 6 pp.
Ribaudo, Marc and Marca Weinberg,
Improving Air and Water Quality Can Be Two Sides of the Same
Coin, Amber Waves3(4, September 2005):34-41.
Cattaneo, Andrea, Roger Claassen, Robert Johansson, and Marca
Flexible Conservation Measures on Working Land, Economic
Research Report No. 5, Economic Research Service, USDA, (June
2005), 79 pp.
Smith, Katherine and Marca Weinberg.
Measuring the Success of Conservation Programs, Amber
Waves2(4, September 2004):14-21.
Weinberg, Marca, Assessing a Policy Grab Bag: Federal Water
Policy Reform, American Journal of Agricultural Economics,
84(3, August 2002):541-556.
Weinberg, Marca, et al., Biological and Economic Implications of
Sacramento Watershed Management Options, Journal of the
American Water Resources Association, 38(2, April
Roger Claassen, LeRoy Hansen, Mark Peters, Vince Breneman, Marca
Weinberg, Andrea Cattaneo, Peter Feather, Dwight Gadsby, Daniel
Hellerstein, Jeff Hopkins, Paul Johnston, Mitch Morehart, and Mark
Agri-Environmental Policy at the Crossroads: Guideposts on a
Changing Landscape. Agricultural Economic Report No. (aer794)
72 pp, January 2001, USDA, ERS.
Marcel Aillery, Michael R. Moore, Marca Weinberg, Glen Schaible,
and Noel Gollehon.
Salmon Recovery in the Columbia River Basin: Analysis of Measures
Affecting Agriculture. Elsewhere No. (0005), April 1999, USDA,