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What Will the Relocation of ERS Mean for Economists?

FREE webinar discussing questions and actions for U.S. Congress

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on August 9, 2018, a plan to reorganize and relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS).  The plan is to move the ERS out the Research, Education, and Economics mission area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and into the Office of the Chief Economist.  Secretary Perdue also announced that the ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be relocated out of Washington, D.C. The new plans will take effect before the end of 2019.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, a panel of three former USDA senior administrators will address questions and concerns about Secretary Perdue’s announcement in a free webinar hosted by the American Statistical Association. The webinar, “USDA Research Relocation and Reorganization: Perspectives from Former USDA Chief Scientists and Administrators,” will take place from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT.

Veterans of both Republican and Democrat administrations, the panelists include Catherine Woteki and Gale Buchanan, both former USDA Under Sectetaries of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics, and Susan Offutt, former USDA Economic Research Service Administrator.  The moderator is Scott Swinton, AAEA Past President and Professor at Michigan State University.

If you are interested in participating in this free webinar, please register online:

For any other questions regarding the webinar, please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office.

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