Catharine Weber

Agricultural Economist


Catharine Weber is an agricultural economist in the Crops Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) in USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS).


Catharine Weber joined ERS as an analyst for the specialty crops team in the Crops Branch of MTED in November 2021. She is a coauthor on both the Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook and the Vegetable and Pulses Outlook reports. Her commodity analysis primarily focuses on noncitrus tree fruits, tree nuts, potatoes, and fresh organic vegetables. Prior to joining ERS, Catharine worked for a consulting firm as an agricultural economist and carbon offset verifier. She verified livestock methane digester projects participating in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. Catharine also served as a contractor with the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program, Compliance & Enforcement Division, where she was responsible for managing a team of contracted compliance specialists investigating organic fraud.


Catharine received her master of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of South Alabama.

Professional Affiliations

Catharine is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. She also is a California Air Resources Board-accredited verifier of greenhouse gas offsets.

Selected Publications

Weber, C., & McCann, L. (2015) Adoption of nitrogen-efficient technologies by U.S. corn farmers. Journal of Environmental Quality, 44, 391–401.

O’Hara, J., Xiarchos, I. J., & Weber, C. (2023). Credits in California’s offset and biofuel programs for anaerobic digesters. Choices Magazine, 38(2).