Kim Hjort is a senior agricultural economist in the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division. She works on international trade issues and the 10-year USDA agricultural outlook projections. Her work is primarily focused on modeling the agricultural markets of foreign countries, especially Brazil and India. Kim’s current research includes empirical specification of crop planting decisions, land use decisions, and food and feed demand.
Kim rejoined ERS in 2009 after an 11-year hiatus advising senior government officials of countries acceding to the World Trade Organization. Her efforts were focused on compliance with agriculture-related requirements of accession, including, in particular, the Agriculture, Sanitary and Phytosanitary, Technical Regulations, and Import Licensing Procedures agreements.
Kim received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics, with specializations in international trade and agricultural policy analysis, from Purdue University. She also holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland.