Jerry Cessna

Jerry Cessna

Branch Chief, Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch


Jerry Cessna is the branch chief of the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch (APCOP) of USDA’s Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED).


From April 2014 to April 2022, Jerry served as an agricultural economist for APCOP, specializing in outlook issues for the U.S. dairy industry. He was the lead author of the Dairy section for the monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report. He served as the ERS representative on the Dairy Interagency Commodity Estimates Committee, which produces both short-term forecasts and long-term projections. He coauthored various types of ERS research publications, and he produced internal staff analyses for both USDA agencies and executives.

Before joining ERS, Jerry was an agricultural economist with the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Dairy Program for 13 years. During his tenure with AMS, he specialized in analyses of Federal Milk Marketing Orders, Research and Promotion Programs (informally known as Checkoff Programs), Mandatory Price Reporting, and the Dairy Forward Pricing Program.


Master of Arts in Economics, Middle Tennessee University, 2000

Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1984