Agricultural Economics


COVID-19 continues to impact farmer sentiment; majority indicate economic assistance bill necessary

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 University News Story

Farmer sentiment improved slightly in May after falling sharply in both March and April, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index was up 7 points from April to a reading of 103, but it remained nearly 40 percent belo…

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Organic sign field

New Purdue/Microsoft collaboration calculates agricultural product supply risk due to COVID-19 worker illnesses

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 University News Story

The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, in collaboration with Microsoft, has created the Purdue Food and Agricultural Vulnerability Index online dashboard to quantify the potential risk to the supply of agricultural products as a…

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Chapman in front of Ross-Ade Stadium

Senior’s legacy is an award-winning example of leadership

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

“I don’t know that I’ve ever called myself a leader. I just try to inspire people and give them the tools they need to succeed,” said Dane Chapman, a senior who majored in agribusiness.

While Chapman is hesitant to place the title of leader on himself, others who have worked with him call Chapman an ideal example, as did the 2020 France A. Córdova Leadership in Action Award’s selection committee, comprised of staff involved in leadership and student development programming.

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Stephen Schwartz and his father

Homeschooled student excels through collaboration

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Stephen Schwartz experienced a bizarre sense of deja vu in his final weeks at Purdue, finding them oddly similar to his high school years: finishing his degree online while at the top of his class. However, Schwartz admits his satisfaction at being selected for the 2020 G.A. Ross Award as the top male student in Purdue’s graduating class of roughly 8,000 students outshines his accomplishments in his homeschool class of one.

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Purdue workshop to develop agricultural sales managers

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will offer its Sales Management and Leadership workshop May 27–28 as a hybrid, online program.

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Ag Barometer index drops below 100 as coronavirus disrupts agriculture

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 University News Story

Coronavirus concerns, commodity price declines and supply-chain disruptions sink producer sentiment to a three-year low, according to the April Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer recorded a reading of 96, marking the first …

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Questions and answers about the road from farm to table

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture offers the following questions and answers to provide background and insight into how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply chain and animal welfare. The information is provided by Jayson Lusk, distinguished p…

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Roads leading to a building

The Road from Farm to Table

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

The following questions and answers provide background and insight into how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply chain and animal welfare. The information is provided by Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, and Candace Croney, professor of animal behavior and well-being, and director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University.

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(Left to right) Cameron Mann, Justin Couetil and Stephen Schwartz

Award winners credit college’s contributions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Since 2003, 14 of the 36 G.A. Ross and Flora Roberts Award winners have been from the College of Agriculture. Justin Couetil, a biochemistry student, won the G.A. Ross Award in 2019. Cameron Mann won the Flora Roberts Award in 2017, representing agricultural communication and agribusiness.

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Farmer sentiment plummets as coronavirus concerns rise

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 University News Story

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer recorded its largest one-month drop in sentiment during March. The barometer dipped 47 points to a reading of 121, as concerns over the impact of the global pandemic on the agricultural economy weigh…

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Free webinar to discuss crop outlook in light of COVID-19 and USDA report releases

Monday, March 30th, 2020 University News Story

The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will be hosting a free Spring 2020 Crop Outlook webinar from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 1.

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Downey selected as leader of Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business

Monday, March 16th, 2020 University News Story

W. Scott Downey, Purdue University professor of agricultural economics, has been named director of Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business.

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Christine Wilson meeting new Students

Not in Kansas anymore, Associate Dean Wilson returns to Purdue

Friday, March 13th, 2020

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example,” said Christine Wilson, quoting Purdue alumnus John Wooden. Wilson, the newly appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture, thought her life would follow a similar path to Wooden’s, but as Wilson noted, “Sometimes plan B is better than plan A.”

Wooden taught high school English, but he is better-known as the first athlete inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. As a teenager, Wilson was determined to earn a scholarship playing basketball, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher and basketball coach.

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Butterfly on plants

Optimism about current conditions pushes farmer sentiment index to all-time high

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 University News Story

Producers’ perception of improved current conditions in the agricultural economy pushed the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer to all-time record highs. The barometer rose to 168 in February, an increase of one point from January, and was…

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Purdue Extension and agricultural economics professor emeritus dies

Monday, February 17th, 2020 University News Story

D. Howard Doster, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Purdue University, died on Feb. 13. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their four children: David Doster, Dan Doster, Susan Doster, and Anne Glaze-Doster, as well as their eight gr…

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Purdue to host seed industry management academy

Friday, February 14th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will partner with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) to host the 2020 ASTA Management Academy March 2-6 in West Lafayette.

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