Robert Johansson selected as USDA Deputy Chief Economist

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, June. 1, 2012 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joseph Glauber today announced the selection of Robert Johansson as USDA Deputy Chief Economist.

“Robert Johansson is well-prepared for the demands of this post,” said Glauber, “through years of demonstrated analysis and experience in agricultural economics and policy analysis at USDA, the Office of Management and Budget, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Council of Economic Advisers.”

As Deputy Chief Economist, Johansson is responsible for assisting the Chief Economist in developing and maintaining a comprehensive system of analysis that integrates economic policy with complex domestic and foreign agricultural and rural issues arising within the Department. In addition to those duties, he will continue to monitor issues related to energy and the environment.

Johansson began working for USDA in January 2001 at the Economic Research Service. In 2006, Johansson took a position with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, where he worked as economist and policy analyst on environmental, energy, and agricultural regulations. In 2008, he moved to the Congressional Budget Office to work on climate change and energy policy issues. And in 2010, he returned as a senior economist to USDA's Climate Change Program Office. Johansson was detailed to the White House in 2011 to be the senior economist for energy, environment, and agriculture on the Council of Economic Advisers.

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