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Doris Newton



Doris J. Newton is an economist in the Structure, Technology and Productivity Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division. Her research expertise is on agricultural structure focusing on small farm structure and performance.

Current Projects

  • Research and analysis of small farm viability with emphasis on commercial farming on small acreage.
  • Identifying small farm research issues and trends through departmental outreach and interagency collaboration and planning of the 2012 6th National Small Farms Conference.


Doris Newton has worked on a variety of research topics during her years with ERS. Previous work includes identifying priority small farm research issues for the Department; research on trends in pesticide use on fruit and vegetable farms and pest management practices on organic farms; and research on food marketing industry structure, focusing on retail and wholesale firm characteristics and trends.


Doris received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Tougaloo College (MS), and an M.A. in Urban Economics from Howard University (Washington, DC). She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Leadership Program, USDA Graduate School (2006).


Professional Affiliations:

USDA Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coordination Committee; USDA Agency Outreach Coordination Committee; Applied Agricultural Economics Association; Southern Agricultural Economics Association; Howard University Economics Department Alumni Association.

Selected Publications:

Ahearn, Mary and Doris Newton. Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, EIB-53. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May 2009.

Newton, Doris J. and Mary Clare Ahearn. "Production and Management Strategies of Beginning Farmers and Ranchers." Poster presentation at the 2007 American Agricultural Economics Association Meetings, Portland, OR, July 28-31, 2007.

Newton, Doris J. and Mary Clare Ahearn. "USDA's Farm Definition and the Targeting of Underserved Farmers." Presentation at the 64th Annual Professional Agriculture Workers Conference, Tuskegee University, Dec. 2006.

Newton, Doris. Small Farms Can Grow Into Large Enterprises, Amber Waves. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. Volume 3, Issue 2, p. 6, April 2005.

Newton, Doris J. and Robert Hoppe. "Typology of Americas Small Farms," Proceedings of the 3rd National Small Farms Conference, Albuquerque, NM, September 17-21, 2002, Las Cruces, NM: USDA-CSREES, New Mexico State University, Department of Agricultural Communications, July 2003.

Newton, Doris J., and R.A. Hoppe. "Economic Research Service" in Information for Small Farmers and Ranchers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Farm Coordination, Program Aid 1740, May 2003.

MacDonald, James M., Doris J. Newton, and Robert A. Hoppe. The Industrial Organization of U.S. Agriculture. Briefing for Congressional Hunger Commission, Washington, DC, December 12, 2002.

Yee, Jet, Wallace Huffman, Mary Ahearn, and Doris Newton. 2002. "Sources of Agricultural Productivity Growth at the State Level, 1960-1993," in V.E. Ball and G.W. Norton (eds.) Agricultural Productivity: Measurement and Sources(Norwell, MA: Kluwer).

Newton, Doris J. and Jet Yee. Agricultural Productivity, in Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, AH722, USDA, Economic Research Service, November 2000.

Newton, Doris J. and Robert Hoppe. Financial Well-Being of Small Farm Households Depends on the Health of Rural Economies, Rural America. USDA, Economic Research Service, May 2001, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 2-11.

Newton, Doris J. Interdependence of Farms and Rural Towns, Successful Farming Radio Magazine broadcast. North Shore Productions, Detroit Lakes, MN, July 26, 2001.

Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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