Danielle J. Ufer

Research Agricultural Economist


Danielle J. Ufer is a research economist in the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division of the Economic Research Service.


Danielle joined ERS in 2021 after finishing her doctoral studies. Her research spans several issues relevant to animal agriculture—including international trade in animal products, biotechnology and animal welfare, and dairy producer technology adoption. She has conducted research on wildlife disease management and various facets of commodity markets—including global wheat trade and policy, natural fiber markets and consumer coffee preferences.


Danielle earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. She earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a B.S. in Animal Science and Agribusiness (minoring in the Chinese language), both from Colorado State University.

Professional Affiliations

Danielle is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Selected Publications

Ufer, D.J., D.L. Ortega, C.A. Wolf, M. McKendree, and J. Swanson. 2022. "Getting Past the Gatekeeper: Key Motivations of Dairy Farmer Intent To Adopt Animal Health and Welfare-improving Biotechnology," Food Policy 112:102358.

Ufer, D., D.L. Ortega, and C.A. Wolf. 2022. “Information and Consumer Demand for Milk Attributes: Are Redundant Labels an Effective Marketing Strategy?,” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44(2):960–981.

Lin, W., D.L. Ortega, D. Ufer, V. Caputo, and T. Awokuse. 2022. “Blockchain-based Traceability and Demand for U.S. Beef in China,” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44(1):253–272.

Ufer, Danielle, Amanda Countryman and Andrew Muhammad. 2020. “How Important are Product Attributes for U.S. Lamb Imports?” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 23(3): 411-423.

Ufer, Danielle, David L. Ortega, and Christopher A. Wolf. 2019. “Economic Foundations for the Use of Biotechnology to Improve Farm Animal Welfare.” Trends in Food Science & Technology.