Ben Gramig is a Research Agricultural Economist in the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. He works on interdisciplinary teams of social scientists, engineers, and climate and natural scientists to address agricultural, environmental and natural resource issues. He uses survey-based methods and secondary data to understand human-environment interactions and behavioral responses to public policy and market-based incentives. Gramig also works with process-based crop simulation and biophysical models to find cost-effective pollution control strategies at the watershed or landscape scale. He is engaged in integrated research and outreach efforts to inform land use decision making that is influenced by weather and climate variability at the farm/landowner and watershed scales.
Gramig is a native of Kentucky. He attended the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky, receiving his Bachelor's degree in natural resource conservation and management and his Master's degree in agricultural economics from the UK College of Agriculture. Gramig received his Doctorate in agricultural economics from Michigan State University specializing in natural resource and environmental economics. He was member of the faculty at Purdue University (2008-2017) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017-2021) where he taught undergraduate and graduate students agricultural and environmental policy, and natural resource and environmental economics.