Ronald Lord

Agricultural Economist


Ron supports the Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook Program.


In August 2020, Ron joined the Economic Research Service (ERS) as a re-hired annuitant to work primarily on the sugar and corn sweetener situation and outlook analysis. Ron had retired from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in April 2020, where he had served as Director of the Import Programs and Export Reporting Division. In this role, he administered the U.S. sugar tariff-rate quotas on sugar and licensed dairy import products, the U.S. Refined Sugar Export program, the Export Sales Reporting program, the Pima Cotton and Wool Trust Fund programs, and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program for Farmers.  From 1998 to 2002, he worked at the Coca-Cola Company in global procurement of sugar and corn sweeteners, and from 1988 to 1998 worked at ERS on sugar outlook and analysis. He was the first FAS recipient of the Fred Woods Award for Excellence in Public Policy Research and Education, awarded by the USDA Economists Group in 2012.


Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Agricultural Economics

M.A. University of Wisconsin, Agricultural Economics

B.A. Earlham College, Biology

Professional Affiliations

American Economic Association

Selected Publications

Lord, Ron. “Sugar: Background for 1995 Farm Legislation.” USDA-Economic Research Service, Agricultural Economic Report No. 711. April 1995.

Lord, Ron and Robert Barry. “The World Sugar Market – Government Intervention and Multilateral Policy Reform.” USDA-Economic Research Service. Staff Report No. AGES 9062. September 1990.