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Research Agricultural Economist

The USDA’s Economic Research Service is currently recruiting for Economists to work with the Regional Environment and Agriculture Programming (REAP) model in either our Washington, DC or Kansas City, MO office locations.  REAP is a mathematical programming model of the U.S. agricultural sector developed to inform USDA policy analysis.  The model simulates how agricultural production and related land and water allocations shift in response to changes in policy, market, or bio-physical conditions.  An important and distinguishing feature of REAP is the inclusion of environmental indicators—such as nutrient loss, soil erosion, and GHG emissions—that can be used to evaluate potential environmental consequences of changes in U.S. agricultural production.



USDA-ERS – REAP Modeling Team

ERS is hiring a lead REAP modeler (GS 14-15 level) to manage the REAP development and research program, and up to 2 highly motivated research staff (GS 13-14) to update, extend, and apply REAP to address an array of USDA policy issues.  Experience with GAMS programming as well as statistical analysis, database management, and/or biophysical modeling is highly desirable.  But most important is a willingness to take on modeling challenges and an ability to formulate analysis of complex policy concerns and communicate results through writing, briefings, and seminars.  Training is provided.  This is an exciting opportunity to pursue policy-relevant work in a supportive, research environment.  Please go to to apply through April 13, 2021.  Or contact David Donaldson ( for more information.

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