Mir Ali

Agricultural Economist


Mir Ali is an, Agricultural Economist with U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). Mir has been a member of Cost-of-production and Returns team (CAR) that provides official USDA costs and returns for agricultural commodities covered under farm legislation. Since he joined ERS in 1987, his assignment of commodities has changed over time. Currently, Mir is responsible for the development of CAR estimates of wheat, barley, sorghum, and oats and for preparing cost-of-production forecasts for major field crops as a part of USDA’s baseline project. In addition during his career, he has worked on various topics including production cost analysis, farm financial analysis, and policy backgrounder reports.


Mir received an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. in Soils, both from the North Dakota State University.

Professional Affiliations

Currently none.

Selected Publications

McBride, W., C. Greene, L. Foreman, and M. Ali. The Profit Potential of Certified Organic Field Crop Production, USDA, Economic Research Service, ERR-188, 46 pp, July 27, 2015.

Vocke, Gary, and Mir Ali. U.S. Wheat Production Practices, Costs, and Yields: Variations across Regions, USDA, Economic Research Service, EIB No. 116, 30 pp, August 2013.

McBride, William D., Catherine Greene, Mir Ali, and Linda Foreman. “The Structure and Profitability of Organic Field Crops: The Case of Wheat.” Selected paper, presented by McBride at the AAEA Annual Meeting, Seattle, 2012.

Ali, Mir, and Gary Lucier. Vegetable Production Concentrated on Very Large Farms,Amber Waves, June 16, 2011, USDA, Economic Research Service.

Ali, Mir, and Gary Lucier. Financial Characteristics of Vegetable and Melon Farms, USDA VGS-342-01, 33 pp., February 2011.

Ali, Mir, and Gary Vocke. Consequences of Higher Input Costs and Wheat Prices for U.S. Wheat Producers, WHS-09c-01, 11 pp., March, 2009.

Ali, Mir, and Gary Vocke. ”Rising Wheat Prices Outpace Input Costs.” Findings in Amber Waves, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 01, 2009

Perez, Agnes, and Mir Ali. Specialized U.S. Fruit and Tree Nut Farm Production Expenses, E-Outlook, FTS 337-01, USDA, Economic Research Service, June 2009, 29 pp.

McGath, Christopher, Sara D. Short, Robert McElroy, James Johnson, Roger Strickland, Robert Green, Larry Traub, Mir Ali, Theodore Covey, and Stephen Vogel. Forecasting Farm Income, Documenting USDA’s Forecast Model,” USDA, Economic Research Service, Technical Bulletin TB-1924, 137 pp., February 2009.

Haley, Stephan, and Mir Ali. Sugar Backgrounder, USDA, Economic Research Service, SSS-249-01, 59 pp., July 2007.

Vocke, Gary, and Mir Ali, 2006. “Specialized Wheat farms Earn Less Than Other Farmers.” Findings, Amber Waves, USDA, Economic Research Service, Vol. 4, April, 01, 2006.  

Lucier, Gary, Susan Pollack, Mir Ali, and Agnes Perez. Fruit and Vegetable Backgrounder. USDA, Economic Research Service, VGS-313-01, 56 pp., April 2006.

Vocke, Gary, Edward Allen, and Mir Ali, 2005. Wheat Backgrounder, USDA, Economic Research Service, WHS-05k-01, 29 pp, December 2005.

Ali, Mir. “Sugar Beet Farming—How “Sweet” Is It?” Amber Waves, February 1, 2005.

Ali, Mir. Characteristics and Production Costs of Sugarbeet Farms. USDA, Economic Research Service, Statistical Bulletin SB-974-8, 37 pp., October 2004.

 Daberkow, Stan, William McBride, and Mir Ali. “Implications of Remote Sensing Imagery and Crop Rotation for Nitrogen Management in Sugarbeet Production.” Selected paper at the AAEA Annual Meeting, Montreal, July 2003.

 Ali, Mir, and Gary Vocke. “How Wheat Production Costs Vary.” Special article in Wheat Situation and Outlook Yearbook, WHS-2002, USDA, Economic Research Service, pp. 36-42, March 26, 2002.

 Ali, Mir. Characteristics and Production Costs of U.S. Wheat Farms. USDA, Economic Research Service, Statistical Bulletin SB-974-5, 44 pp., July 2002.

 Ali, Mir, Nora Brooks, and Robert McElroy. Characteristics of U.S. Wheat Farming: A Snapshot, USDA, Economic Research Service, Statistical Bulletin SB-968, 64 pp., June 2000.