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Distance Learning

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 2016 Schedule of Distance Learning Seminars (Note All Seminars will be given on Tuesdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):
2/9/2016 Household Food Security in the United States in 2014 Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew Rabbitt, Christian Gregory
2/16/2016 Food Choices and Store Proximity IIya Rahkovsky, Samantha Snyder
2/23/2016 Climate Change, Water Scarcity, and Adaptation in the U.S. Field Crop Sector Elizabeth Marshall, Marcel Aillery, Scott Malcolm, Ryan Williams
3/1/2016 Economics of Antibiotic Use in U.S. Livestock Production Stacy Sneeringer, James MacDonald, Nigel Key, William McBride, Kenneth Mathews
3/29/2016 Estimating the Effects of Selected Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade on U.S. – EU Agricultural Trade Shawn Arita, Lorraine Mitchell, Jayson Beckman
4/5/2016 Economies of Scale, the Lunch-Breakfast Ratio, and the Cost of USDA School Breakfasts and Lunches Michael Ollinger, Joanne Guthrie
4/12/2016 Rural America at a Glance: 2015 Edition Lorin Kusmin

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

Last updated: Monday, July 11, 2016

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