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Distance Learning

What is the ERS Distance Learning Program?

The ERS Distance Learning Program links ERS with minority-serving universities and their students to enhance the instruction, understanding, and discussion of food and agricultural policy.

The program…

  • Leverages ERS expertise in key policy areas;
  • Introduces students and faculty to ERS researchers engaged in policy research;
  • Increases students' interest in careers in agricultural economics;
  • Improves the diversity of faculty and students with policy analysis expertise; and
  • Builds stronger relationships and collaborative networks between ERS researchers and minority-serving institutions.

How does the program work?

Each semester, ERS researchers give presentations on timely and policy-relevant topics that broadly cover issues pertaining to food and agricultural policy. The presentations are delivered directly to the classrooms of participating institutions using interactive, real-time technologies. Students interact with ERS researchers by asking questions during the presentation and by giving their own presentations.

Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule (seminars will be given every other Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):
9/9/2014 What's happening to the world economy, and what does it mean? Matthew Shane
9/17/2014 Global drivers of agricultural demand and supply Ron Sands
9/23/2014 What's cooking? The demand for convenient foods in the United States Abigail Okrent
10/1/2014 Using behavioral economics to help SNAP households achieve a more healthful diet Joanne Guthrie and Lisa Mancino
10/7/2014 The potential effects of climate change on the productivity of U.S. dairies James MacDonald
10/15/2014 USDA outlook for wheat, corn, and soybeans Ed Allen
10/28/2014 Assessing China's call to increase the size of its grain farms Nicholas Rada
11/5/2014 Why investing in research is necessary to feed the growing world Keith Fuglie
11/12/2014 Exploring household food purchases with the new National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey Shelly Ver Ploeg

To register for a seminar, please send an email to Hodan Farah Wells.

Last updated: Friday, September 05, 2014

For more information contact: Christopher Davis, Keithly Jones, and Hodan Farah Wells