Kate Vaiknoras

Research Agricultural Economist


Kate Vaiknoras is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch of the Market and Trade Economics ​Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service. Her research interests include adoption and impacts of agricultural technologies, such as improved seed varieties. As part of her recent graduate studies, she developed several agricultural household surveys to measure farmer production outcomes and conducted field work in Uganda and Nepal.


Kate received a Ph.D. in Economics, Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2019 and an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2014, both from Virginia Tech. She also has a B.A. in Economics from Smith College.

Selected Publications

Vaiknoras, K., Larochelle, C., Birol, E., Asare-Marfo, D., and C. Herrington. 2019. “Promoting rapid and sustained adoption of biofortified crops: What we learned from iron-biofortified bean delivery approaches in Rwanda.” Food Policy 83:271-84.

Vaiknoras, K., Norton, G., and J. Alwang. 2015. “Farmer Preferences for Attributes of Conservation Agriculture in Uganda.” African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 10(2):158-73.