E: benjamin.gramig<at>usda<dot>gov
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ORCiD: 0000-0001-8741-9856
Google Scholar profile: [www]

2008    Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University
2004    M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky
2000    B.S., Natural Resource Conservation & Management (Policy), University of Kentucky

Research Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA, Kansas City, MO, 9/2021-present
Associate Professor, Ag and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 8/2017-8/2021
Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 8/2013-7/2017
Visiting Scholar, Applied Economics, Oregon State University, 8/2015-5/2016
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 2/2008-7/2013

JOURNAL ARTICLES (Google Scholar profile; * denotes student co-author)
[45]  HC Hsieh and BM Gramig. "Estimating the Impact of Cover Crop Adoption on Ambient Nitrogen Concentration in the Upper Mississippi River Drainage." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Online Early. [www]

[44]  S Oh and BM Gramig. "Valuing Ecosystem Services and Downstream Water Quality Improvement in the U.S. Corn Belt.” Environmental and Resource Economics, 2023. [www]

[43]  S Li, X Cai, S Niroula, K Wallington, BM Gramig, RD Cusick, V Singh, G McIsaac, S Oh, C Kurambhatti, SA Emaminejad, S John. “Integrated agricultural practices and engineering technologies enhance synergies of food-energy-water systems in Corn Belt Watersheds.Environmental Science & Technology 57(25): 9194–9203, 2023 . [www]

[42]  J Lu, P Ranjan,  J Arbuckle, SP Church, FR Eanes, K Floress, Y Gao, BM Gramig, AS Singh, and LS Prokopy. “A meta-analysis of agricultural conservation intentions, behaviors, and practices: Insights from 35 years of quantitative literature in the United States .” Journal of Environmental Management 323(1) 2022. [www]

[41]  P Ranjan, JG Arbuckle, SP Church, FR Eanes, K Floress, Y Gao, BM Gramig, AS Singh, and LS Prokopy. “Understanding the relationship between land tenure and conservation behavior: Recommendations for social science research." Land Use Policy 120, 2022. [www]

[40]  K Baylis, J Coppess, BM Gramig and P Sachdeva*. “Agri-Environmental Programs in the United States and Canada.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 16(1): 83-104, 2022. [www]

[39] SD Yun and BM Gramig. "Spatial Panel  Models of Crop Yield Response to Weather: Econometric Specification Strategies and Prediction Performance." Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 54(1): 53-71, 2021. [www]

[38] B Chen, BM Gramig and SD Yun. “Conservation Tillage Mitigates Drought Induced Soybean Yield Losses in the US Corn Belt.” Q Open 1(1), 2021. [www

[37] JP Sesmero, NU Trull* and BM Gramig. “Economic Viability and Carbon Footprint of Switchgrass for Cellulosic Biofuels: Insights from a Spatial Multi-feedstock Procurement Landscape Analysis.” Global Change Biology Bioenergy 13(7): 1054-1070, 2021.  [www]

[36] S Li, X Cai, SA Emaminejad*, A Juneja*, S Niroula*, SJ Oh*, K Wallington*, RD Cusick, BM Gramig, S John, G McIsaac, V Singh. “Developing an Integrated Technology-Environment-Economics Model to Simulate Food-Energy-Water Systems in Corn Belt Watersheds.” Environmental Modelling & Software 143, 2021 . [www]

[35] Y Wang, MS Delgado, JP Sesmero, BM Gramig. "Market Structure and the Effect of Ethanol Expansion on Land Allocation: A Spatially Explicit Analysis." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(5): 1598-1622, 2020. [www]

[34] J Bauchet, N Asquith, Z Ma, C Raudel, R Godoy, L Zanotti, D Steele, BM Gramig, AE Chong. "The practice of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the Tropical Andes: Evidence from program administrators." Ecosystem Services 45, 2020. [www]

[33] LC Bowling, K Cherkauer, C Lee, J Beckerman, S Brouder, J Buzan, O Doering, J Dukes, P Ebner, J Frankenberger, BM Gramig, E Kladivko, J Volenec. "Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Indiana and Potential Adaptations." Climatic Change 163(4): 2005-2027, 2020. [www]

[32] LS Prokopy, BM Gramig, A Bower, SP Church, B Ellison, PW Gassman, K Genskow, D Gucker, SG Hallett, J Hill, N Hunt, KA Johnson, I Kaplan, JP Kelleher, H Kok, M Komp, P Lammers, S LaRose, M Liebman, A Margenot, D Mulla, MJ O’Donnell, AW Peimer, E Reaves, K Salazar, C Schelly, K Schilling, S Secchi, AD Spaulding, D Swenson, AW Thompson, JD Ulrich-Schad. "The urgency of transforming the Midwestern U.S. landscape into more than corn and soybean." Agriculture and Human Values 37(3):537-9, 2020. [www]  

[31] W Hodde*, JP Sesmero, BM Gramig, TJ Vyn, O Doering. "The effect of projected climate change on the economics of conservation tillage." Agronomy Journal 111(6):1-11, 2019. [www]

[30] M Khanna, BM Gramig, EH DeLucia, X Cai, P Kumar. "Harnessing the Potential of Emerging Technologies to Mitigate the Hypoxia Challenge." Nature Sustainability 2:889–891, 2019. [www]

[29] LS Prokopy, K Floress, JG Arbuckle, SP Church, F Eanes, Y Gao*, BM Gramig, P Ranjan, AS Singh. "Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Practices in the United States: Evidence from 35 Years of Quantitative Literature." Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 74(5):520-534, 2019.  [www]

[28] A Margenot , D Kitt*, BM Gramig, T Berkshire*, N Chatterjee*, A Hertzberger*, S Aguiar*, A Furneaux*, N Sharma*, R Cusick. "Toward a regional phosphorus (re)cycle in the U.S. Midwest. " Journal of Environmental  Quality, 48(5):1397-1413, 2019.  [www]

[27] SD Yun and BM Gramig. "Agro-Climatic Data by County: A Spatially and Temporally Consistent U.S. Dataset for Agricultural Yields, Weather and Soils." Data 4(2):66, 2019. [wwwThe data source discussed in this article is available for download here:

[26] BM Gramig and NJO Widmar. "Farmer Preferences for Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration Schemes." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 40(3):502-521, 2018. [www]

[25] Y Liu*, MR Langemeier, IM Small, L Joseph, WE Fry, JB Ristaino, A Saville, BM Gramig, PV Preckel. "A Risk Analysis of Precision Agriculture Technology to Manage Tomato Late Blight." Sustainability 10(9), 3108, 2018. [www

[24] ES Byrd*, NJO Widmar, BM Gramig. "Presentation Matters: Number of Attributes Presented Impacts Estimated Preferences." Agribusiness: an International Journal 34(2):377-389, 2018. [www]

[23] J Song*, BM Gramig, R Cibin, I Chaubey. "Integrated economic and environmental assessment of cellulosic biofuel production in an agricultural watershed." BioEnergy Research 10(2):509-524, 2017. [www]

[22] BM Gramig, R Massey and SD Yun. "Nitrogen Application Decision-making under Climate Risk in the U.S. Corn Belt." Climate Risk Management 15:82-89, 2017. [www]

[21] AS Mase*, BM Gramig, LS Prokopy. "Climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and adaptation behavior among Midwestern U.S. crop farmers". Climate Risk Management 15:8-17, 2017. [www]

[20] AC Andrews*, R Clawson, BM Gramig and L Raymond. "Finding the Right Value: Framing Effects on Domain Experts." Political Psychology 38(2): 261-278, 2017. [www]

[19] A Horowitz, W Moomaw, D Liptzin, BM Gramig, CJ Reeling,J Meyer, K Hurley. "A multiple metrics approach to prioritizing strategies for measuring and managing reactive nitrogen in the San Joaquin Valley of California." Environmental Research Letters 11(6), 2016. [www]

[18] LS Prokopy, CE Hart, R Massey, M Widhalm, J Klink, J Andresen, J Angel, T Blewett, OC Doering, R Elmore, BM Gramig, P Guinan, BL Hall, A Jain, CL Knutson, MC Lemos, LW Morton, D Niyogil, R Power, MD Shulski, CX Song, ES Takle, D Todey. "Using a team survey to improve team communication for enhanced delivery of agro-climate decision support tools." Agricultural Systems, 138: 31-37, 2015. [www]

[17] ES Takle, CJ Anderson, J Andresen, J Angel, R Elmore, P Guinan, BM Gramig, S Hilberg, D Kluck, R Massey, D Niyogi, J Schneider, MD Shulski, D Todey, M Widhalm. “Climate Forecasts for Corn Producer Decision-Making.” Earth Interactions. 18(5): 1-8, 2014. [www]

[16] M Roucan-Kane*, BM Gramig, NJO Widmar, DL Ortega and AW Gray. “U.S. Agribusiness Companies and Product Innovation: Insights from a Choice Experiment Conducted with Agribusiness Executives," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 16(4):123-140, 2013. [www]

[15] AC Andrews*, RA Clawson, BM Gramig and L Raymond. “Why Do Farmers Adopt Conservation Tillage? An Experimental Investigation of Framing Effects.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 68(6):501-511, 2013. [www]

[14] BM Gramig, CJ Reeling*, C Raj and I Chaubey. “Environmental and economic tradeoffs in a watershed when using corn stover for bioenergy.” Environmental Science & Technology. 47(4):1787-1791, 2013. [www]

[13] A Reimer*, BM Gramig and LS Prokopy. “Farmers and conservation programs: Explaining differences in Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications between states.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(2): 110-119, 2013. [www]

[12] BM Gramig, JB Barnard*, LS Prokopy.  "Farmer Beliefs about Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration Incentives." Climate Research.  56(2): 157-167. 2013. [www]

[11] JP Sesmero and BM Gramig. "Farmers' Supply Response, Price of Corn Residue, and Its Economic Viability as an Energy Feedstock." BioEnergy Research. 6(2):797-807, 2013. [www]

[10] BM Gramig. “Some Unaddressed Issues in Proposed Cap-and-Trade Legislation Involving Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics (proceedings), 94(2):360-367, 2012. [www]

[9] CJ Reeling* and BM Gramig. "A Novel Framework for Analysis of Cross-Media Environmental Effects from Agricultural Conservation Practices." Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 146(12):44-51, 2012. [www]

[8] BM Gramig and RD Horan. "Jointly-Determined Livestock Disease Dynamics and Decentralised Economic Behaviour." Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 55(3): 393-410, 2011. [www]

[7] MBL Birch*, BM Gramig, WR Moomaw, OC Doering, CJ Reeling*. "Why Metrics Matter: Evaluating Policy Choices for Reactive Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed". Environmental Science & Technology, 45(1): 168-174, 2011. [www]

[6] RD Horan, EP Fenichel, CA Wolf, and BM Gramig. “Managing Infectious Animal Disease Systems.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 2(1): 101-124, 2010.

[5] BM Gramig, CA Wolf, and F Lupi. " Understanding Adoption of Livestock Health Management Practices: The Case of Bovine Leukosis Virus". Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 58(3): 343-360, 2010. [www]

[4] BM Gramig, RD Horan, and CA Wolf. "Livestock Disease Indemnity Design when Moral Hazard is Followed by Adverse Selection". American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 91(3): 627-641, 2009. [www]

[3] RD Horan, JF Shogren, and BM Gramig. “Wildlife Conservation Payments to Address Habitat Fragmentation and Disease Risks.” Environment and Development Economics, 13:415-439, 2008. [www]

[2] BM Gramig and CA Wolf. "Estimating Within-Herd Preventive Spillovers in Livestock Disease Management." American Journal of Agricultural Economics (proceedings), 89(5):1219-1225, 2007.

[1] BM Gramig, JR Skees and JR Black. "Utilizing Contingent Claims to Improve CAFO Management." Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (proceedings), 36(2):297-312, 2004. 


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. (Gramig is lead author of Chapter 4,  Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture)

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. 

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

Meta-analytic data from agricultural conservation practice adoption research in the United States 1982-2018 (2019).  

Agro-Climatic Data by County (ACDC), 1981-2015 (2017) doi:10.4231/R72F7KK2 

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


Dr. Gramig has secured over $20 million in grants working as part of interdisciplinary teams, with direct responsibility for over $2 million. Active and recent grants are listed here.


Environmental Economics (ACE 210: 2020-2021 )
Advanced Natural Resource Economics (ACE 510: 2018-2020)
Agricultural Policy (ACE 456: 2018-2019)

Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (AEC 406: 2008-2016)
Economic Dynamics (AEC 562: 2011-2013)
Environmental Policy Analysis (AEC 525: 2009)


Editorial Board Board Member, Society and Natural Resources (2020- )
Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions, Dept. of Ag and Consumer Economics (2020-2021)
Tenure and Promotion committee (elected), Dept. of Ag and Consumer Economics (2020)
Research Policy and Advisory Committee, College of ACES, UIUC (2019-2021)
Departmental Faculty Advisory committee (elected), Dept. of Ag and Consumer Economics (2017-2020 )
Graduate Admissions and Recruiting Committee, Dept. of Ag and Consumer Economics (2017-2019)
Organizing Committee, Critical Conversation workshop, ISEE-UIUC (2017-2018)
USDA Multi-state project W-4133, Chair (2017-2018)
Land, Water and Environment (ENV) section , Agricultural & Applied Economics Assoc, Co-founder and past chair


Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 2022
Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence (U2U project), Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management, 2017
Partnership Award for Mission Integration (U2U project), USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, 2015
TEAM Award (U2U project), College of Agriculture, Purdue University, 2015
Seed for Success, Excellence in Research Award, Purdue University, 2011-2014
Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award, Purdue University, 2012
Best Dissertation Award-Honorable Mention, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2009


Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
Soil and Water Conservation Society

PEER REVIEWER for journals, government agencies (prior to joining USDA-ERS) and international bodies

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Bioenergy Research, BioScience, Choices, Climatic Change, Climate Risk Management, Ecological Economics, Ecosystem Services, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Research Letters, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of  the American Water Resources Association, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Journal of Natural Resource Policy Research, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Land Use Policy, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Resource and Energy Economics, Q Open, Small Scale Forestry, Society and Natural Resources, Springer Academic Publishing, Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, United Nations Environment Program, United States Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Services, and United States Environmental Protection Agency.