Alex Majchrowicz is Assistant Deputy Director for Extramural Research Management in the Food Economics Division. He is responsible for directing and managing the Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Program and for assisting the Division manage a broad array of extramural research agreements. As director of RIDGE, Alex works in partnership with the RIDGE Research Centers at the University of Wisconsin and Mississippi State University to award competitive grants annually to social science scholars for the purpose of stimulating new and innovative research on food and nutrition assistance issues. The RIDGE Program seeks to broaden and strengthen the network of university-based researchers who collaborate in tackling the unique food and nutrition assistance challenges existing across communities, regions, and States.
Alex joined ERS in January 1980 on a student appointment while attending the University of Maryland. Initially assigned to monitor foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land, he later became involved in a variety of research issues that involved property tax assessment, agricultural land transfers, rural business and industry conditions and trends, and changes in farm and farm-related employment. More recently, his research has focused on USDA food and nutrition assistance programs, specifically the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the School Breakfast Program; and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
Alex received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Majchrowicz, T. Alexander, ed. RIDGE Project Summaries, 2008: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Program, USDA, ERS, AP-040, September 2009.
Majchrowicz, T. Alexander. Request for Applications for Competitive Grants Awards to Establish RIDGE Centers for Food and Nutrition Assistance Research, USDA, ERS, AP-038, July 2009.
Majchrowicz, T. Alexander, ed. RIDGE Project Summaries, 2007: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Program, USDA, ERS, AP-029, July 2008.
Majchrowicz, T. Alexander, ed. RIDGE Project Summaries, 2006: Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Program, USDA, ERS, CCR-31, August 2007.
Beaulieu, Lionel J., in collaboration with the RIDGE Program. Strengthening Our Nations Food Assistance Programs, Southern Rural Development Center, June 2007.
Majchrowicz, T. Alexander, ed. Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Program: Executive Summaries of 2005 Research Grants, USDA, ERS, CCR-23, October 2006.
Majchrowicz, T.A., and D. Hopkins. Farm and Farm-Related Employment Estimates Through 2000, USDA, ERS, Web Data Product, April 2004.
Majchrowicz, T.A., and D. Hopkins. Farm and Farm-Related Employment by US, State, Farm Production Region, and Farm Resource Region, 1981-97, USDA, ERS, Web Data Product, December 2001.
Majchrowicz, T.A. " Agricultural Wholesale and Retail Trade Jobs Account for Two-Thirds of Farm and Farm-Related Employment," USDA, ERS, Rural America16 (1), May 2001.
Frenzen, P., A. Majchrowicz, J. Buzby, B. Imhoff, and the FoodNet Working Group. Consumer Acceptance of Irradiated Meat and Poultry Products, USDA, ERS, AIB-757, August 2000.
Majchrowicz, T.A. " Farm Employment Losses Outstrip Job Gains in Farm-Related Industries in Some Nonmetro Areas," USDA, ERS, Rural Conditions and Trends: Rural Industry10 (2), June 2000.
Majchrowicz, T.A. " Innovative Technologies Could Improve Food Safety," USDA, ERS, FoodReview22 (2), May-August 1999.