Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin M. Gramig

Research Agricultural Economist


Benjamin Gramig is a research agricultural economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (ERS), where he conducts applied research at the interface between agriculture and the environment. The majority of Ben’s research is motivated by science-based decision-making and public policy, and is often interdisciplinary in nature. He has a strong interest in the economics of water quality, climate change, ecosystem services, and economic management of spatial-dynamic processes in the environment.


Prior to joining ERS, Ben was an associate professor in agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017–2021) and in agricultural economics at Purdue University (2008–2017). Ben’s research has been funded by USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation, among others.


Ph.D., Michigan State University, agricultural economics
M.S., University of Kentucky, agricultural economics
B.S., University of Kentucky, natural resource conservation and management

Selected Publications

Baylis, K., J. Coppess, B.M. Gramig, and P. Sachdeva. 2022. "Agri-Environmental Programs in the United States and Canada," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 16(1). 

Bowling, L.C., K. Cherkauer, C. Lee, J. Beckerman, S. Brouder, J. Buzan, O. Doering, J. Dukes, P. Ebner, J. Frankenberger, B.M. Gramig, E. Kladivko, and J. Volenec. 2020. "Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Indiana and Potential Adaptations," Climatic Change 163(4):2005–2027. 

Chen, B., B.M. Gramig, and S.D. Yun. 2021. "Conservation Tillage Mitigates Drought Induced Soybean Yield Losses in the US Corn Belt," Q Open.

Gramig, B.M., and N.J.O. Widmar. 2018. "Farmer Preferences for Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration Schemes," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 40(3):502-521. 

Hodde, W., J.P. Sesmero, B.M. Gramig, T.J. Vyn, and O. Doering. 2019. "The Effect of Projected Climate Change on the Economics of Conservation Tillage," Agronomy Journal 111(6):1–11. 

Margenot, A., D. Kitt, B.M. Gramig, T. Berkshire, N. Chatterjee, A. Hertzberger, S. Aguiar, A. Furneaux, N. Sharma, and R. Cusick. 2019. "Toward a Regional Phosphorus (Re)cycle in the U.S. Midwest," Journal of Environmental Quality 48(5):1397–1413.

Prokopy, L.S., K. Floress, J.G. Arbuckle, S.P. Church, F. Eanes, Y. Gao, B.M. Gramig, P. Ranjan, and A.S. Singh. 2019. "Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices in the United States: Evidence from 35 Years of Quantitative Literature," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 74(5):520–534.

Sesmero, J.P., N.U. Trull, and B.M. Gramig. 2021. "Economic Viability and Carbon Footprint of Switchgrass for Cellulosic Biofuels: Insights from a Spatial Multi-feedstock Procurement Landscape Analysis," Global Change Biology Bioenergy 13(7):1054–1070.

Wang, Y., M.S. Delgado, J.P. Sesmero, and B.M. Gramig. 2020. "Market Structure and the Effect of Ethanol Expansion on Land Allocation: A Spatially Explicit Analysis," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(5):1598–1622. 

Yun, S.D., and B.M. Gramig. 2019. "Agro-Climatic Data by County: A Spatially and Temporally Consistent U.S. Dataset for Agricultural Yields, Weather and Soils," Data 4(2):66.

Yun, S.D., and B.M. Gramig. 2021. "Spatial Panel Models of Crop Yield Response to Weather: Econometric Specification Strategies and Prediction Performance," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.