Samantha Padilla

Agricultural Economist


Samantha Padilla joined ERS as a Research Agricultural Economist for the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch in Markets and Trade Economics Division in 2019, upon the completion of her doctoral studies. Her research interests include production economics, farm input markets, technology adoption, agricultural policy, and economic development. Samantha’s dissertation research explores the implications of high feed costs and electricity volatility for broiler farm profitability and investment decisions in Nigeria.


Ph.D. in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics from Michigan State University in 2019; B.A. in Economics from St. Mary’s University in 2014

Professional Affiliations

Samantha is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the American Economic Association (AEA), and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).