Lekhnath Chalise

Agricultural Economist


Lekhnath joined ERS/USDA in 2016 as an agricultural economist. Prior to this, he worked in the Virginia Department of Health for 5 months as a health economist.


Lekhnath is an agricultural economist in the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch, Marketing and Trade Economics Division, at ERS/USDA. He produces monthly estimates on cattle/beef supply and demand and presents these data at the Interagency Commodity Estimates Committee (ICEC) meeting. Lekhnath regularly contributes to the Cattle/Beef Trade section of the monthly Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry (LDP) Newsletter. He has also been involved in research related to trade, marketing, and livestock-model update.   


Lekhnath completed his Ph.D in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia in 2016. He finished his Master's in Agricultural Economics from Mississippi State University in 2011. Lekhnath obtained M.A., B.B.S, & B.Sc. degrees from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, AAEA

American Council on Consumer Interests, ACCI

Selected Publications

Chalise, L., K.H. Coble, B.J. Barnett, and J.C. Miller. 2017. "Developing Area-Triggered Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 42(1):27-44. 

Chalise, L., and S. Anong. 2017. “Spending Behavior Change and Financial Distress during the Great Recession,” Journal of Financial Counselling and Planning 28(1):49-61.