Monica Saavoss



Monica Saavoss is a research economist in the Animal Products and Cost of Production branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division.


Monica joined ERS in 2016. As a member of the cost of production team, she produces costs and returns estimates for selected field crops. She is also a member of the Agricultural and Resource Management Survey steering committee and is a frequent user of ARMS data. Her research focuses on the production, profitability, and environmental impacts of on-farm technologies such as irrigation systems, precision agriculture, and robotics. She also researches agricultural supply responses to commodity price and policy changes. Monica currently serves as a member of the ERS professional development committee.


Monica received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMPC) in 2016. She received an M.S. from UMCP in 2013 and a B.S. from UMCP in 2011.

Selected Publications

Saavoss, M., J. Majsztrik, B. Belayneh, J. Lea-Cox, and E. Lichtenberg (2016). "Yield, Quality, and Profitability of Sensor-Controlled Irrigation: A Case Study of Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus L.) Production," Irrigation Science 35(4):409-20.

Lichtenberg, E., M. Saavoss, and J. Majsztrik (2015). "Grower Demand for Sensor-Controlled Irrigation," Water Resources Research 51:341–58.

Lichtenberg, E., M. Saavoss, and J. Majsztrik (2013). “Profitability of Sensor-based Irrigation in Greenhouse and Nursery Crops,” HortTechnology 23:770-74.

Lichtenberg, E., M. Saavoss, and J. Majsztrik (2013) “Ornamental Grower Perceptions of Wireless Irrigation Sensor Networks: Results from a National Survey,” HortTechnology 23:775-82.