Agricultural Productivity Workshop to Focus on Total Factor Productivity


OAK BROOK, Ill. (Feb. 15, 2023) —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.