Evidence-based Policy

Develop evidence-based policy relevant to voluntary Agri-Environmental Programs.

Behavioral Economics

Conduct lab and
field experiments to test hypotheses from the behavioral sciences. 

Research Network

Expand and enhance the human capital of scholars and practitioners for
generating high-quality evidence about improving agricultural programs.

Disseminate Knowledge 

Package the insights that CBEAR and other researchers develop and share this
information with program administrators, policy makers and the media.

Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR)

Why Behavioral Science?

Insights from the behavioral sciences are revolutionizing the way in which government programs are designed and delivered, and we are bringing this revolution to agri-environmental programs. A “test, learn, adapt” strategy helps programs be their best, achieve greater levels of program participation and satisfaction, and achieve improved environmental outcomes, all while reducing costs.

Enhancing the Evidence Base

To create evidence-based programs, CBEAR has been conducting randomized field experiments across the US. On the map below, we highlight the zip codes where CBEAR field experiments have generated evidence that can make agri-environmental programs more cost-effective.


Coming Soon:  2023 Conference on Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research 


We will announce our 2023 conference dates and presenters in the next few months.


CBEAR Leadership Team

Paul Ferraro

Mark Masters

Outreach Director


Paul Ferraro

Kent Messer



Co-Headquartered at

Johns Hopkins University
University of Delaware

Postdoctoral Researchers & Fellows

at top research and land-grant colleges and institutions


Latest News & Innovations

Halting the Hogs

UD research highlights the importance of community coordination when combatting spread of destructive feral hogs.

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Improving NRCS’s Efforts to Sell Conservation

In a meeting between CBEAR and USDA employees from different agencies*, people had conflicting opinions about what approach would work best in a new outreach program on soil health.

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Increasing Voluntary Support for NACD

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is funded by voluntary contributions from its member Conservation Districts. These contributions are used to provide districts with representation at the national level. Despite these collective benefits, not every district contributes the suggested annual contribution amount, and many do not contribute at all.

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