Aaron M. Ates

Agricultural Economist


Aaron M. Ates serves as an Agricultural Economist in the Crops Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service. His primary responsibilities include market analyses, research, and producing monthly outlook reports for oilseeds and oilseed products. In addition, he is a member of the interagency committee who develops projections for the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.


Aaron joined the ERS in 2021. Prior to joining the ERS, Aaron worked as a Managing Economist for Berkeley Research Group (BRG) where he assisted testifying experts with economic analyses for large-scale antitrust litigation matters across various industries. Aaron’s previous academic research focused on forecasting meat prices and linking the supply of farm commodities to consumer demands at the retail level.


Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

M.S. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

B.S. Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University


Selected Publications

Ates, A.M., and J.L. Lusk. 2020. “Gluten – Free: Where’s the Beef?” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 52(2):308-334.

Ates, A.M., J.L. Lusk, and B.W. Brorsen. 2019. “Forecasting Meat Prices using Consumer Expectations from the Food Demand Survey (FooDS),” Journal of Food Distribution and Research 50(1):1-28.