Join us at UC Davis on January 10, 2020 for the Big Ag Data Conference, sponsored by the UC Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
The program will feature talks on new data sets, cutting-edge empirical research, and frontier methodology.


9:00 a.m.                     Breakfast

9:20 a.m.                     Welcome: Brian Wright, Director, Giannini Foundation

9:30-11:00 a.m.           The Economics of Water

Chair: Katrina Jessoe, UC Davis
California Statewide Crop Mapping - All Crops, Everywhere, All the Time, Mica Heilman
Agricultural Adaptation to Water Pricing, Ellen Bruno
Use of Energy Data to Estimate Agriculture Groundwater Withdrawals: A Pilot Study, Jon Martindill
Discussion, Nick Brozovic

11:10-12:30 p.m.         Economic Development

Chair: Aprajit Mahajan, UC Berkeley
The Promise (and Pitfalls) of Using Mobile Phone Data in Development Research, Josh Blumenstock
Can Mobile Phone Data Identify Ultra-poor Households in Afghanistan?, Emily Aiken
Can Call Detail Records Predict Household Food Security Outcomes for Impact Evaluation in Haiti?, Travis Lybbert
Discussion, Arman Rezaee

12:30-1:50 p.m.           Lunch

1:50-3:00 p.m.             Air Pollution

Chair: Kevin Novan, UC Davis
Using Satelite Data to Estimate Air Pollution at High Spatiotemporal Resolutions, Dan Goldberg
Does Air Pollution Lower Productivity? Evidence from Manufacturing in India, Jamie Hansen-Lewis
Generalized Fiducial Inference: An IntroductionThomas Lee

3:15-4:45 p.m.             Agricultural Production

Chair: Aaron Smith, UC Davis
The Value of Conducting On-farm Field Trials Using Precision Agriculture Technology, David Bullock
Digital Dairies, David Hunt
Farm- or County-level Crop Insurance? New Insights From Satellite Data, Matthieu Stigler
Causal Machine Learning in Economics, Colin Cameron

5:00-6:30 p.m.             The Economics of Climate Change

Chair: Maximilian Auffhammer, UC Berkeley
Can We Measure Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change?, David Lobell
Assessing The Recent Impacts of Climate Change on Global Agricultural Production, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea
The Global Water Footprint of Distortionary Agricultural PolicyTamma Carleton
Functional Data Analysis: A Primer, Alexander Aue

6:30-8:30 p.m.             Reception & Dinner    



Emily Aiken
UC Berkeley


Josh Blumenstock
UC Berkeley


Nick Brozovic
Univ. of Nebraska - Lincoln


Ellen Bruno
UC Berkeley

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David Bullock
University of Illinois

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Tamma Carleton
University of Chicago


Dan Goldberg
Argonne Nat. Lab

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David Hunt


Thomas Lee
UC Davis

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David Lobell

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Arman Rezaee
UC Davis


The deadline for registration is December 20, 2019.

Registration for this conference is free. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.


The Big Ag Data Conference will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception and dinner at the Manetti Shrem Museum.


By Air: The closest airport is SMF (Sacramento). It is a roughly 20 minute drive from Davis. The Davis Airporter serves SMF (and SFO). Lyft and Uber also pick up from SMF.  Alternatively, you can fly to SFO (San Francisco) or OAK (Oakland), both of which are an hour and half to two hour drive away from Davis without traffic.

By Train: The Amtrak Station is in downtown Davis. The station is walking distance to campus.

Parking on Campus: Visitor parking is required. Parking lots #1 and #2 on the south side of the campus, are the closest lots to the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center (payment can be made on site).


A block of rooms is available at Hyatt Place UC Davis. The hotel is located on campus, a short walk to the conference site. Room rates include free breakfast and parking.

Group rate available until December 20, 2019, use booking code G-U357.

For more information please contact Tiffany Loveridge, UC Davis ARE Outreach Coordinator: