Farm Foundation Announces 2024 Agricultural Economics Trade and Sustainability Fellow

Farm Foundation has named Dr. Sandro Steinbach as its 2024 Agricultural Economics Trade and Sustainability Fellow. Steinbach is an associate professor of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University with primary research interests in international trade and agricultural policy. His most recent work is focused on the implications of market and policy shocks on global supply chains and investment activities. 

Farm Foundation’s Agricultural Economics Fellow program is a yearlong program for a faculty agricultural economist. The 2024 fellowship is focused on integrated systems approaches to understanding and overcoming the challenges in developing a greater understanding of how trade and sustainability are interconnected and are impacting the food and agricultural sectors in the United States and beyond. Dr. Steinbach is Farm Foundation’s fourth Agricultural Economics Fellow and succeeds Drs. Trey Malone (University of Arkansas), Amanda Countryman (University of Colorado), and Alejandro Plastina (University of Iowa).  

In addition to being mentored by staff in USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, Steinbach in turn will mentor participants in the Farm Foundation and USDA Economic Research Service Agricultural Scholars program, among other engagements.  

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Steinbach to our Agricultural Economics Fellowship program,” says Martha King, vice president of programs and projects at Farm Foundation. “His research interests in international trade and agricultural policy set the stage for a fruitful collaboration towards advancing Farm Foundation’s ongoing work in agricultural trade and international sustainability policy.” 

Steinbach is the director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies and a faculty scholar of the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. He is also a visiting scholar and consultant at the United States Department of Agriculture. 

As part of his fellowship, Steinbach will author a Farm Foundation Issue Report. His recent work has appeared in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Economics Letters, the NBER Working Paper Series, and Nature Communications

He holds master’s degrees from Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of California, Davis. In 2018, he completed his doctoral studies in economics with the Center for Economic Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. 

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