Brian Williams

Research Agricultural Economist


Brian Williams is a research economist with the Agricultural Policy and Modeling Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).


Brian joined ERS in 2020. His research focuses on U.S. agricultural policy, risk and risk management in agriculture, and the U.S. Agricultural Baseline Model's long-term projections. Prior to joining ERS, Brian worked as an economist in the utility industry. He also served as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University—where his research and extension efforts focused on agricultural risk management, commodity marketing, and agricultural policy. Brian’s teaching efforts included undergraduate and graduate-level farm management.


Brian received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska.

Professional Affiliations

Brian is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Marshall, Tori, Kalyn Coatney, Jane Parish, Randy Little, Josh Maples, and Brian Williams “Factors Impacting Reproductive Success and Asset Value of Beef Breeding Females in Mississippi Auctions” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2021.

Coble, Keith and Brian Williams. “Are Large Farms Less Risky to Insure than Small Farms?” Choices 33(4):1-5. 2018.

Parish, Jane, Brian Williams, TF Best, CO Stewart. “A Hedonic Analysis of Sale lot Traits Affecting Calf Prices in Mississippi Auction Markets.” The Professional Animal Scientist 34(3):240-249. 2018.

Williams, Brian, Eric DeVuyst, Darrell Peel, and Kellie Raper. “Reducing Self-Selection Bias in Feeder Cattle Premium Estimates Using Matched Sampling.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 2014.

Williams, Brian, Eric DeVuyst, Darrell Peel, and Kellie Raper. “The likelihood of positive returns from value-added calf management practices.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2014.