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COD : Otto C. Doering, III

2004 Certificate of Distinction Winner Otto C. Doering, III

Otto C. Doering, III


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Otto Doering is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue where he has responsibilities in research, teaching, service, and adult education. His primary focus is on economic analysis of public policy issues in agriculture and natural resources. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.Sc. from London School of Economics.

Dr. Doering truly understands what it means to be part of a land-grant university. Throughout his career he has been able to successively integrate research, teaching, and extension.  He has over 130 professional publications in agricultural policy, energy economics, and natural resources and environmental issues. He led the State Utility Forecasting Group to modify electric utility rate setting processes and achieve an early shut-down of a nuclear plant in Indiana without the major commotion that occurred in surrounding states. In the early alcohol fuel debates, Dr. Doering was able to speak with farm groups and communicate economic facts without upsetting a large number of them. Dr. Doering is well-respected in the classroom and is one of the highest rated teachers in the department.

He also shares his talents with many different committees. He has served the following organizations throughout his career: ICARD Small Farm Committee, 2001-present; Indiana Tobacco Advisory Council, 1999; Hoosier Farmland Preservation Taskforce, 1997-1999; Director, American Agricultural Economics Association, 1985-1988; Chairman, National Public Policy Education Committee, 1981-1982.

He has been awarded with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Career Award, 2000; National Distinguished Policy Contribution Award from the AAEA in 1978 and 1990; Recognition for Quality of Communication by the AAEA in 1979 and 1984; Blue Ribbon Award for Educational Programming, 1981; National Extension Economics Teaching Award, AAEA, 1977. Dr. Doering has been described as the premium utility infielder for his department and he is exactly the type of player we want on agriculture’s team.