WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics has a core team of experts available for media interviews who can provide insight into the nation's new farm bill, passed by Congress on Tuesday (Feb. 4).
Each faculty member is turning his attention to educating farmers and the public on options in the farm bill and on changes likely to develop in both the short and long terms. Each has expertise for commenting broadly on the farm bill process as well as on a particular area.
* ROMAN KEENEY, associate professor, will lead the education program on the farm bill, focusing particularly on farmer enrollment options, eligibility criteria and payment limits. Keeney also will analyze changes to the nutrition program and the broader economic impacts associated with agricultural trade and the federal budget.
* MIKE BOEHLJE, distinguished professor of agricultural economics and at the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business, has zeroed in on the risk mitigation aspects of the farm bill and how they will fit into the larger crop insurance industry. He has insight into the decision-making connection among insurers, lenders and farmers.
* OTTO DOERING, professor and director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, has been following the conservation component of the bill as well as the interplay between commodity provisions and the environment. He has been tracking both the trends in the economy and politics that had been driving the final outcome of the law. Doering also is a farm bill historian and can provide background information on previous farm bills and farm policy.
* CHRIS HURT, professor and Purdue Extension agricultural economist, regularly conducts forecasts for crop planting, market prices, input and land costs, and costs and returns for farmers. He can offer analysis of how the change in crop subsidies from direct payments to more insurance-like payments will work its way through the system and affect major agricultural economy indicators such as land rents, input cost levels and farm incomes.