Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), Ani Katchova, has recently joined the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), while taking a faculty professional leave (sabbatical) from Ohio State during the 2021-2022 academic year. She will serve as a visiting scholar at ERS’s Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) in the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch.
During her visiting scholar appointment at ERS, she will focus on evaluating the USDA Agricultural Baseline Projections in terms of their accuracy and informativeness. She has received a $90,000 USDA-ERS Cooperative Agreement through the Strategic Priority Grants Program from the ERS Administrator Office to support her work.
USDA’s long-term agricultural baseline projections provide a scenario for the U.S. farm sector and global trade for the next 10 years. Projections cover agricultural commodities, agricultural trade, and aggregate indicators. Katchova’s work will evaluate the accuracy of the USDA baseline projections by examining how many years into the future the projections remain informative and also by examining the accuracy of the baseline model predictions.
“I am excited to join ERS as a visiting scholar and study the accuracy of these important agricultural baseline indicators,” Katchova said.