Agricultural Productivity Workshop to Focus on Total Factor Productivity


Farm Foundation®, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, presents the “Agricultural Productivity Growth: Measurement, Drivers, and Climatic Effects” workshop, in collaboration with the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Global Agriculture Productivity (GAP) Initiative at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The invite-only workshop will be held at Virginia Tech’s Executive Briefing Center, from March 29 to 30, 2023. The public is invited to view the workshop live at no charge via Zoom.

A Total Factor Productivity (TFP) indicator can help to inform policy on the patterns of productivity growth and the results of science policy. However, climate change-driven weather events have resulted in TFP estimate variations that hinder the understanding of overall technology advancement. The two-day workshop seeks to address how different methodologies result in distinct productivity estimates, the effect of public R&D and patent knowledge, the influence of climate change, and the causes and consequences of agricultural productivity growth.

The workshop also hopes to develop a network of researchers who study productivity-related topics to support the ongoing research agenda of the USDA ERS on improving the quality of ERS productivity data products and identifying the causes and effects of agricultural productivity growth. 

“We are pleased to continue our fruitful collaboration with USDA ERS and the GAP Initiative at Virginia Tech CALS to support improving understanding on the elements impacting Total Factor Productivity,” says Farm Foundation Vice President of Programs and Projects Martha King. “We hope interested parties can join us virtually to further increase understanding and collaboration on this work.”   

Complimentary registration to attend the workshop via Zoom is available at For questions about attending the workshop, please contact

The workshop is made possible by a USDA ERS grant with additional support from a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture conference grant. Proceedings will be published and disseminated through the GAP Initiative Resource Library and/or through Farm Foundation digital publication channels.

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