Associate Professor

David Conner grew up in central Pennsylvania and holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Cornell and Masters in Extension Education from UVM. His professional interests span the economics of sustainable food systems from farm to fork. David lives in Burlington with his three children. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, especially hiking, making music and gardening.


Recent Academic Journal Articles

  • Conner, D., Sims, K., Berkfield, R. and Harrington, H. (Published online December 12, 2017). Do farmers and other suppliers benefit from sales to food hubs? Evidence from Vermont. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
  • Porter, J. Conner, D. Kolodinsky, J. and Trubek, A. (2017). Get Real: an analysis of student preference for real food. Agriculture and Human Values 34, (4), 921-932
  • Conner, D. Becot, F. and Imrie, D. (2017). Critical Reflections on the USDA Local Food Economics Toolkit. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development 7 (2).
  • Becot, F., Bradshaw, T and Conner, D. (In Press). Growing Apples for the cider industry in the U.S. Northern Climate of Vermont: Does the Math add up? ActaHort.
  • Schattman, R., Conner, D., & Méndez, V.E.. (2016). Farmer perceptions of climate change risk and associated on-farm management strategies in Vermont, northeastern U.S. For Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 4.
  • Conner, D. S., Miller, J., Zia, A., Wang, Q., & Darby, H. (2016). Conjoint Analysis of Farmers’ Response to Conservation Incentives. Sustainability 8, 864.
  • Becot, F., Conner, D., Imrie, D. and Ettman, K. (2016). Assessing the Impacts of Local Hospital Food Procurement: Results from Vermont. Journal of Foodservice Management and Education 10 (1) 1-7.
  • Conner, D. and Garnett, B. (2016). Economic and Environmental Drivers of Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Socioeconomically Diverse Adults in Vermont. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 11 (2) 263-271.
  • Becot, F., Bradshaw, T. and Conner, D. (2016). Apple Market Expansion through Value-added Hard Cider Production: Current Production and Prospects in Vermont.  HortTechnology 26 (2) 220-229.
  • Conner, D., DeWitt, R., Inwood, S. and Archer, M. (2016). Social Responsibility and Community Development in Vermont’s Food Business Sector. Journal of Food Research 4 (6) 93-103
  • Matts, C. Conner, D., Tyler, S. and Fisher, C. Hamm, M. (2016). Farmer perspectives of Farm to Institution in Michigan: 2012 survey results of vegetable farmers. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 31 (1) 60-71

Conference Proceedings

  • Conner, D., Montri, A. and Hamm, M. (2009). Demand for Local Produce from Passive Solar Greenhouses: Contributions to Sustainable Food Systems. Journal of Food Distribution Research 25 (1) 47-52
  • Martinez, L., Conner, D., Bingen, J. and Reardon, E. (2009). Great Lakes Organic Produce in Wholesale and Retail Grocery Outlets: Opportunities and Challenges from Michigan. Journal of Food Distribution Research 25 (1) 118-122.
  • Conner, D. (2004). Beyond Organic: Information Provision for Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Market. Journal of Food Distribution Research 35 (1) 34-39.
  • Conner, D. and Christy, R. (2004). The Organic Label: How to Reconcile its Meaning with Consumer Preferences. Journal of Food Distribution Research 35 (1) 40-43.
  • Conner, D. (2003). The Organic Label: Does The USDA Definition Conform To Consumer Preferences? In Lockeretz, W., Editor, Ecolabels and the Greening of the Food Market, Proceedings of a Conference, Boston MA, November 7-9, 2002. Tufts University, Boston, MA, 35-40.
  • Conner, D. and Christy, R. (2002). Consumer Preferences for Organic Standards: Guiding Demand Expansion Strategies for Organic Food. Journal of Food Distribution Research 33 (1) 46-51.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Food Distribution Research Society
  • Agriculture Food and Human Values Society
David Conner

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

The economics of sustainable food systems.


  • PhD, Cornell, Agricultural Economics, 2002
  • Master of Extension Education, UVM, 1997
  • BS, Penn State, Life Science, 1987


  • 802.656.1965
Office Location:

205 H Morrill Hall

Courses Taught

  • CDAE 168: Marketing for Community Entrepreneurs
  • CDAE 250 SL: Applied Research Methods
  • CDAE/FS 321 The Economics of Sustainable Food Systems
  • CDAE 359: Applied Econometrics