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Christopher A Hurt

Agricultural Economics 

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
Krannert Room 575

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.

Awards & Honors

(2010) 2009 Quality of Communications Award. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2010) College of Agriculture Team Award: Integrated ethanol Co-Products Team. Purdue College of Agriculture.

(2005) 2005 Team Award for Soybean Rust Educational Programming. Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialist Association.

(2003) Most Quoted Purdue Web Person. Google Searchers Anonymous.

(2003) Outstanding Individual Extension Award. AAEA.

Selected Publications

Hurt, C., DeBoer, L., Paarlberg, P., Alexander, C., Miller, A., & Dobbins, C. (2005). 2005 Agricultural Economy Can't Match Last Year. 15-Oct. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). 2005: Another Great Hog Year? 8. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Agricultural Economy to Tighten in 2006. 18-19.

Hurt, C. (2005). Can Hog Prices Hold On? 2. Retrieved from

Alexander, C., Hurt, C., & Lara-Chavez, A. (2005). Cash Market Storage Returns for Corn. 4-Jan. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Cattle Expansion Underway. 8. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Cattle Market Absorbs Canadian Cattle. 2. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Cattle Prices Face Downward Pressure. 8. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Cattle Prices Keep Setting Records. 2. Retrieved from

Hurt, C. (2005). Cattle Producers Begin Expansion. 2. Retrieved from