Jerry Cessna

Agricultural Economist


As an Agricultural Economist for the Economic Research Service (ERS), Market and Trade Economics Division, Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch, Jerry Cessna specializes in outlook issues for the U.S. dairy industry. He is coauthor of the Dairy section of the monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook report and various ERS research publications.  Jerry is an active participant on the Dairy Interagency Commodity Estimates Committee, which produces both short-term forecasts and long-term projections.


Before starting his current position with ERS in 2014, Jerry was an Agricultural Economist with USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Programs, for 13 years.  During his tenure with Dairy Programs, he specialized in Federal Milk Marketing Orders, Research and Promotion Programs (informally known as Checkoff Programs), Mandatory Price Reporting, and the Dairy Forward Pricing Program.


Master of Arts in Economics, Middle Tennessee University, 2000.

Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1984.