Professor Hurt joined the department in 1981. He teaches an
undergraduate course in livestock and meat marketing. Professor Hurt's
areas of specialty include examination of family farm market
problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market problems,
pricing strategies, and livestock futures market performance.
In extension education, he provides analysis for
participation in government programs, teaches marketing principles
and alternatives, evaluates the livestock industry structure, and
provides price analysis and outlook of live cattle and live hogs.
Recently he has examined the factors influencing the structural
changes in the pork industry, and evaluated the adoption of new
technologies in moderate size midwestern farms.
Professor Hurt helps coordinate a fee-based
market newsletter and report service published jointly with the
University of Illinois. He serves as editor of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report.
Professor Hurt has received the USDA Superior Service Group Award,
an American Agricultural Economics Group award, as well as two
Indiana Extension Service Awards.