U.S. AGRICULTURE AND OILSEEDS
Dr. Robert Johansson is the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Chief Economist, a position he has held since July 2015. In 2011 he was appointed senior economist for energy, environment, and agriculture on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers where he also participated in the White House Rural Council and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
The Farm Production and Conservation mission area where he serves as Acting Deputy Under Secretary focuses on domestic agricultural issues and provides a simplified one-stop shop for the USDA’s primary customers: the men and women farming, ranching, and foresting across America.
Johansson received B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and then served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an extension agent in several African countries from 1990 to 1995. After returning to his home State of Minnesota, he entered the graduate program in Agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota at received his M.S. in 1997 and Ph.D. in 2000. His research has spanned a wide range of issues, including biofuels policy, water quality and quantity policies, regulatory economics, food security, and regional modeling of agricultural systems.