Claire Hutchins serves as an agricultural economist in the Crops Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Her work primarily focuses on performing market analyses and contributing to the Feed Grains Outlook report. She is a member of the interagency commodity estimates committee that develops projections for the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Claire joined ERS in November 2021. Her primary responsibilities include market research and analysis, and preparing monthly outlook reports for feed grains. In addition to her work at ERS, Claire previously served as the market analyst and transportation economist for U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the producer-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to the maintenance and expansion of overseas markets for U.S. wheat. At USW, Claire was responsible for publishing the USW Price Report, the USW Commercial Sales Report, wheat supply and demand reports, econometric data for the USW Unified Export Strategy, and bi-weekly articles focusing on domestic and international trends affecting the global marketplace for wheat. Additionally, Claire served USW’s Transportation Working Group as a transportation economist conducting research on domestic transportation issues including rail tariff rates, service and policy issues. During her time at Utah State University, Claire was a graduate research assistant, primarily focused on U.S. corn exports to China following a biotechnical trade dispute between the two countries in late 2013. She also worked as a government affairs intern for Syngenta, a multinational agrochemical company.
Claire received an M.S. degree in Applied Economics from Utah State University. Claire also received M.A. and B.A. degrees in Chinese Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.