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
  • 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 2016 Schedule of Distance Learning Seminars: (All Seminars will be given on Tuesdays beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)
Date Topic Speaker
9/13­/2016 Research, Innovation and Productivity in U.S. Agriculture Keith Fuglie
9/20/2016 U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods Abigail Okrent
9/27/2016 Americans’ Eating Patterns and Time Spent on Food: The 2014 Eating & Health Module Data Karen Hamrick
10/4/2016 Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops Catherine Greene
10/11/2016 Local Foods and Farm Business Survival and Growth Steve Vogel
10/18/2016 Brazil's Agricultural Land Use and Trade: Effects of Changes in Oil Prices and Ethanol Demand Constanza Valdes
10/25/2016 Corn and Soybean Production Costs and Export Competitiveness in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States Birgit Meade
11/1/2016 A Closer Look at Declining Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Using Linked Data Sources Biing-Hwan Lin
11/8/2016 The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2015 Annual Report Victor Oliveira

To register for a seminar, please send an email Christopher G. Davis.