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Sarahelen Thompson

Sarahelen Thompson

Division Director

Sarahelen (Sally) Thompson is the acting Administrator of the Economic Research Service. In addition to her research administration experience, Sally brings to ERS special skills, knowledge and research experience in agricultural and food marketing, the economic performance of futures markets, the effect of information technologies on agricultural and food markets, and agricultural economic history.

Sally has most recently been Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prior to that, she was Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Interim Assistant Director of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station.

Sally received B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University in 1984.

Professional Affiliations:
Sally has been an active and contributing member to the profession of agricultural economics. As chair of the Food and Agricultural Marketing Consortium, she initiated the effort for the Consortium to become the Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section of the American Agricultural Economic Association. From 1998 to 2001, she was co-editor of the journal, Review of Agricultural Economics. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, and the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013

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