What is the ERS Distance Learning Program?
The ERS Distance Learning Program links ERS with minority-serving universities and their students to enhance the instruction, understanding, and discussion of food and agricultural policy.
- Leverages ERS expertise in key policy areas;
- Introduces students and faculty to ERS researchers engaged in policy research;
- Increases students' interest in careers in agricultural economics;
- Improves the diversity of faculty and students with policy analysis expertise; and
- Builds stronger relationships and collaborative networks between ERS researchers and minority-serving institutions.
How does the program work?
Each semester, ERS researchers give presentations on timely and policy-relevant topics that broadly cover issues pertaining to food and agricultural policy. The presentations are delivered directly to the classrooms of participating institutions using interactive, real-time technologies. Students interact with ERS researchers by asking questions during the presentation and by giving their own presentations.
Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule (seminars will be given every other Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):
|9/9/2014 ||What's happening to the world economy, and what does it mean? ||Matthew Shane
|9/17/2014 ||Global drivers of agricultural demand and supply ||Ron Sands
|9/23/2014 ||What's cooking? The demand for convenient foods in the United States ||Abigail Okrent
|10/1/2014 ||Using behavioral economics to help SNAP households achieve a more healthful diet ||Joanne Guthrie and Lisa Mancino
|10/7/2014 ||The potential effects of climate change on the productivity of U.S. dairies ||James MacDonald
|10/15/2014 ||USDA outlook for wheat, corn, and soybeans ||Ed Allen
|10/28/2014 ||Assessing China's call to increase the size of its grain farms ||Nicholas Rada
|11/5/2014 ||Why investing in research is necessary to feed the growing world ||Keith Fuglie
|11/12/2014 ||Exploring household food purchases with the new National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey ||Shelly Ver Ploeg
To register for a seminar, please send an email to Hodan Farah Wells.