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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.

The program…

  • 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.

Spring 2014 Seminar Schedule (all seminars will be given on Tuesdays beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):
1/28/2014 Emerging energy industries and rural growth Jeremy Weber
2/4/2014 Rural internet at a crossroad Peter Stenberg
2/11/2014 U.S. farmland values – key concepts and trends Jennifer Ifft
2/18/2014 Food access in the United States Shelly Ver Ploeg
2/25/2014 Effects of changes in SNAP benefits on food security Mark Nord
3/4/2014 Food insecurity and disabilities in the United States Alisha Coleman-Jensen
3/25/2014 Recent estimates of the cost of foodborne illness are in general agreement Tobenna Anekwe and Sandra Hoffmann
4/1/2014 U.S. Farm Bill Erik O'Donoghue
4/8/2014 The impact of NAFTA after 20 years Steven Zahniser

To register for a seminar, please send an email to Hodan Farah Wells.

Last updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

For more information contact: Christopher Davis, Keithly Jones, and Hodan Farah Wells

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