Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics
Freddie Barnard joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at
Purdue in early 1982. His appointment was 95 percent Extension and 5
percent teaching. He works in agricultural finance and focuses
on two major groups: agricultural lenders and producers. The core of
the educational program for lenders consists of an Agricultural Banking
School, including a one week session each fall, and a Bankers’
Agricultural Clinic, which is an annual one-day conference. He
coordinates both programs, and both are evaluated extensively each year
by a committee of bankers to ensure the curriculum is focused on the
relevant topics for the industry.
Freddie has been involved in educational projects both in the state and
across the country to educate lenders on how to improve the quality of
their decision-making skills. Examples include work by the industry-wide
Farm Financial Standards Council to provide uniformity in financial
reporting and analysis, video-tape instruction, and most recently the
development of a multimedia CD-ROM educational program. He has made over
450 presentations to more than 27,000 people.
On an international level, Freddie served as project leader for a
three-member team that taught farm financial reporting and analysis to
227 students at three Russian Agricultural Institutes in October 1994.
The trip was funded by Winrock International. After the trip, Winrock
personnel conducted an impact assessment at the host institutions. They
found the host institutions have adopted the teaching methods used by
the team. Those methods included the use of simulation games to teach
students basic economic principles. The teaching materials used by the
team have been used in subsequent programs in Russia.
Freddie is originally from Beaver Dam, Ky. He received his B.S. and
M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky
in 1975 and 1979, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural
Finance from the University of Illinois in 1982. He lives in Lafayette,
Ind., with his wife, Shirley, and their three children.
phone: (765) 494-4242