Katherine Ralston

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5463
kralston@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly

Katherine is a Senior Agricultural Economist with the Food Assistance Branch. She conducts research on USDA school meal programs, and other food assistance programs.

Education

Katherine holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Master of Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professional Affiliations

American Agricultural Economics Association

Selected Publications

Ralston, K., and C. Newman. 2015. “A Look at What’s Driving Lower Purchases of School Lunches,” Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, October.

Ralston, K., and C. Newman. 2015. School Meals in Transition, EIB-143, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August, 25 pp.

Low, S., A. Adalja, E. Beaulieu, N. Key, S. Martinez, A. Melton, A. Perez, K. Ralston, H. Stewart, S. Suttles, S. Vogel, and B.B.R. Jablonski. 2015. Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress, AP-068, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January, 89 pp.

Guthrie, J., C. Newman, K. Ralston, M. Prell, and M. Ollinger. 2013. Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Schools: Implications for Foodservice Revenues, EIB-114, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June, 52 pp.

Guthrie, J., C. Newman, K. Ralston, M. Prell, and M. Ollinger. 2012. “Understanding School Food Service Characteristics Associated with Higher Competitive Food Revenues Can Help Focus Efforts to Improve School Food Environments,” Childhood Obesity 8(4):298-303.

Ollinger, M., K. Ralston, and J. Guthrie. 2012. “Location, School Characteristics, and the Cost of School Meals,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 37(3):379-397.

Ollinger, M., K. Ralston, and J. Guthrie. 2011. School Foodservice Costs: Location Matters, ERR-117, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May, 52 pp.

Guthrie, J., C. Newman, L. Mancino, and K. Ralston. 2011. “Cutting the Fat in School Lunch: Policies and Practices are Linked to Total Fat Content,” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 43(4):S7.

Guthrie, J., C. Newman, and K. Ralston. 2009. “USDA Meal Programs Face New Challenges,” Choices 24(3):1-8.