David J. Smith

David Smith

Research Agricultural Economist


David Smith is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Conservation and Environmental Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division. With a focus on conservation on working agricultural land, David's current research includes work on conservation practices, Federal conservation programs, pollinators, pest management, and soil health.


David has been a Research Agricultural Economist at ERS since 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, he was a researcher at the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management, working on perennial bioenergy production and agroforestry.


David earned a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Political Science, both from the University of Minnesota.

Selected Publications

Sponsler, D., C. Grozinger, C. Hitaj, M. Rundlöf, C. Botías, A. Code, E. Lonsdorf, A. Melathopoulos, D. Smith, S. Suryanarayanan, W. Thogmartin, N. Williams, M. Zhang, and M. Douglas. 2019. "Pesticides and Pollinators: A Socioecological Synthesis," Science of the Total Environment 662:1012-1027.

Wechsler, S. and D. Smith. 2018. "Has Resistance Taken Root in U.S. Corn Fields? Demand for Insect Control," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 100:1136–1150.

Claassen, R., E. Duquette, and D. Smith. 2018. "Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation Programs," Land Economics 94:19-35.

Smith, D., D. Current, C. Schulman, and K. W. Easter. 2018. "Willingness to Produce Perennial Bioenergy Crops: A Contingent Supply Approach," Biomass and Bioenergy 117:161-172.

Wechsler, S., J. McFadden, and D. Smith. 2017. "What do Farmers Weed Control Decisions Imply about Glyphosate Resistance? Evidence from Surveys of U.S. Corn Fields," Pest Management Science 74:1143-1154.