Apex Award Winner 2012
Felix Jens Spinelli is a senior agricultural economist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resource Economics, Analysis and Policy Division, National Headquarters Staff (NHQ), Beltsville, MD. At NRCS, Felix is responsible for conducting staff analyses and was the team leader on all the benefit-cost analyses (BCAs) of proposed Farm Bill mandated Agency programs including EQIP, CSP, WRP, FRPP.
Before coming to NRCS in 2004, Felix was an economist with the Economic Research Service from 1979 to 1994 holding several posts there and conducting research on dairy and livestock issues, international trade issues and general food and agricultural policy and from 1994 to 2004, held positions as staff economist focusing on economic analysis with several USDA regulatory agencies. Felix received his BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota; his MS from the University of Tennessee and his Ph. D. from Purdue University.
Felix also teaches Micro and Macro Economics and an Environmental and Natural Resource Economics course for the USDA Graduate School.