I am a natural resource and environmental economist working predominantly on applied research at the interface between agriculture and the environment. The majority of my research is motivated by science-based decision making and public policy, and is often interdisciplinary in nature. I have a strong interest in the economics of climate change, ecosystem services, information economics, choice modeling and economic management of spatial-dynamic processes in the environment.

I am currently a Research Economist in the Conservation and Environment Branch of the Economic Research Service in the United States Department of Agriculture.

New reports published in 2021:

  • Wuebbles, D., J. Angel, K. Petersen, and A.M. Lemke, (Eds.), 2021: An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Illinois. The Nature Conservancy, Illinois, USA. https://doi.org/10.13012/B2IDB-1260194_V1

  • Menglin Liu and B.M. Gramig. "Survey of Cover Crop, Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Practice Usage in Illinois and 2020 Fall Covers for Spring Savings Crop Insurance Discount Program Participation." Report to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Fall Covers for Spring Savings working group. Center for the Economics of Sustainability and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2021. doi.org/10.13012/B2IDB-5222984_V1

Published open source data sets for researchers (please cite our DOI if using the data):

R Packages developed by Bowen Chen in the Gramig Lab at UIUC that may be of interest to agro-environmental researchers:

  • Use the CropScapeR package to access the USDA's Cropland Data Layer (CDL) data for user-defined areas of interest and calculate crop rotations and land use changes over time

  • Use the rarms package to access aggregate summary statistics from the USDA Ag Resource Management Survey (ARMS) using their API. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rarms/index.html

Decision Support Tool links for U.S. Corn Belt farmers and farm advisers: