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Economics

The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) serves as USDA’s focal point for economic and policy-related research and analyses.  In pa/rticular, research and analyses on the commodity outlook for U.S. and world agriculture are coordinated by OCE through the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB --- link). In addition OCE coordinates, reviews, and approves economic analysis of significant USDA and agriculturally related policies of the Federal government.  Those include primary analyses of Farm Bill programs, trade policies, labor polices, regulations, and other economic-orientated issues surrounding U.S. agricultural production and trade. 

Testimony

Statement of Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
April 14, 2016

Presentation of Dr. Robert Johansson, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies: Agricultural Roundtable,
March 01, 2016

Statement of Dr. Robert Johansson, Acting Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
May 13, 2015

Statement of Dr. Joseph Glauber Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
April 30, 2014

Papers

Rail Service Challenges in the Upper Midwest
OCE/AMS: February 27, 2015

Trade Agreements and U.S. Agriculture
OCE: January 24, 2014

Reports

2015 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry, Paul W. Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University; Winnie C.  Yee, Chemical Engineer, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Crop Conversion Science and Engineering Research Unit; Harry S. Baumes, Ph.D., Director, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, February 2016

Literature Review of Estimated Market Effects of U.S. Corn Starch Ethanol, Prepared by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, February 2016

U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions, Edited by James, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA, Robert Johansson, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, and Seth Meyer, World Agricultural Outlook Board, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA, October 2015

Economic Analysis of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)