Utpal Vasavada is an Associate Director in the Economic Research Service of USDA. He has published research papers on investment in agriculture, sustainability, and the economics of the foreign direct investment. In his current position, he works on research and analysis of commodity markets and international trade. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Georgia, Laval University, and USDA Graduate School, and has served on details at the Office of Management and Budget and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Utpal received a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland.