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In the second Purdue Agricultural Economics Podcast, Ken & Jessica meet with Dr. Roman Keeney to discuss the Farm Bill, how it affects farmers and changes that were made in the legislation. This important discussion relays the impact that policymakers have on the agricultural industry and how producers can adjust to the changes made in Washington.
Ken Foster finds a familiar face in Colombia, his former co-host, Jessica Eise. Jessica is a Ph.D. student at Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication. She's in Colombia as a part of an international collaborative project with researchers from the area and conducting in-depth interviews with coffee farmers on the subject of climate change and climate fluctuations.
Why should we teach our kids economics? As it turns out, there are more reasons than we may think! Listen as Ken and Jessica chat with Jeff Sanson, Executive Director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education, about how and why we can give students a solid grounding in practical, economic basics. If you are interested in learning more, visit: http://www.econed-in.org/.
Dr. Robert Thompson joins Ken and Jessica to discuss the topic of his Snyder* Lecture -- the Changing Geopolitics of Agriculture. Tune in as discusses feeding the world and the future of agriculture worldwide. *The James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture is the Department of Agricultural Economics’ signature event at Purdue University. The lectures were established at Purdue in February 1975 as a memorial to a distinguished member of the faculty. 
Doug Eckrote is a senior VP at CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions. So what does he, a tech executive, have in common with Ken and Jessica? Turns out his undergraduate degree was in Ag Econ at Purdue, with a specialty in sales and marketing. It was that degree, he claims, that launched him down this great path. Learn more about how to capitalize in your education and keep your options open in our latest podcast!  
Join us for our special post-election discussion with Purdue agricultural economist Dr. Otto Doering as we review the recent election and its effect on agricultural policy. In this episode, Dr. Doering explores possible outcomes for foreign trade, immigration and the Farm Bill in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.  
The tables are turned in this podcast as co-host Ken Foster becomes one of the interviewees! He and Colleen Kelly, International Academic Programs Development Specialist at Purdue University, discuss a study abroad program they are developing in Belize. Join them as they talk about this Central American country, its history and potential for study abroad.
Join us this week as we discuss the Ag Economy Barometer with David Widmar, a senior research associate for the Center for Commercial Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Get an inside look at what brings the barometer to life and how he and a team of researchers gather data to measure the outlook of agricultural markets.
Purdue Agricultural Economics alumnus Jim Hicks joins Ken and Jessica to discuss the importance of investing in students' futures. Jim Hicks, who graduated from the undergraduate program in 1961, has donated generously to student scholarships over the years and made a huge impact on many lives. Learn more about Jim and the importance of scholarships in this podcast!
When Ken posed the question, 'what challenges face agriculture?' He got the same response from both Dr. Tahirou Abdoulaye and Tom McKinney: communicating the importance of biotechnology in agriculture. Tahirou and Tom were honored this year with Purdue Ag's Distinguished Alumni Award, and both hail from the Agricultural Economics Department. Despite unique positions and locations, they both agreed that this issue is important to the future of agriculture.
In this timely episode, Ken & Jessica chat with Dr. Chris Hurt about the record-breaking rainfalls that hit Indiana this summer. Dr. Hurt explains how it is effecting crops and how many farmers may have to rely on crop insurance this year. Farm families are very vulnerable to extreme weather, and Professor Hurt explains what this means not only to them but to consumer prices as well. Don't miss this podcast!
Dr. Tomas Nilsson, a former graduate of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, is using his PhD to study Impact Analysis in Canada. Dr. Nilsson chats with Ken & Jessica about how you can use a PhD beyond the walls of a university and the challenges of understanding consumers. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.
Ken & Jessica have some new guests in the studio this week, graduate students! They talk about a service learning graduate course offered at Purdue and co-instructed by Dr. Ken Foster himself. The students discuss what they learned and their travels Dominican Republic to help try and resolve water quality issues for a local community.
Dr. Corinne Alexander discusses food prices in this episode of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Podcast. She talks about the history of Thanksgiving food prices over the years and how they have fluctuated due to agricultural production. Curious about the years to come? She covers that as well!
For this episode, Purdue University Professor of Agricultural Economics, Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer talks with host Ken Foster about his current project in Bogotá, Colombia. The Bogotá area is facing large population displacement due to a civil war. To alleviate issues surrounding displacement, Bogotá leaders reached out to Purdue University researchers requesting assistance to help increase the capacity of their local agricultural development. Lowenberg-DeBoer’s research aims to harness the agricultural potential of the area by working with locals to teach and incorporate innovative tools so that they can make smarter agricultural decisions.
Is there a scarcity of communication in agriculture? And is this breakdown endangering the future of food and agriculture? Join Ken Foster as he explores these questions with authors Jessica Eise and Whitney Hodde as they discuss their book, The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture. Changing demographics, cultural shifts, technological advances and agriculture’s silence, argue Eise and Hodde, all combined to create the perfect storm – a great chasm between those who know, and those who don’t know, agriculture. Listen now to get the whole story!
In this episode, Dr. Jacob-Ricker Gilbert talks about his research in Africa dealing with input subsidies and agricultural production. He discusses the differences and similarities between the culture in Africa and in the United States as well as the factors of production in Africa and how those affect the economic growth of the countries.
Ken & Jessica chat with Dr. Nelson Villoria about his role in advancing global food security in this latest podcast. There's always give and take when it comes to making big changes in food production. Dr. Villoria talks about supply chain response, international trade, and land use when dealing with food security in this thought-provoking and informative episode.
Dr. Janet Ayres, an expert on social and economic issues in rural Indiana, talks with Ken & Jessica about Methamphetamine Use in Rural Indiana and the effects it has on the community. The conversation springs off her newest publication in the Rural Issues Series from the Center for Rural Development.
Join Ken and Jessica as they discuss gas and the recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new Renewable Fuel Standards with Purdue University's energy policy specialist Dr. Wally Tyner. Listen as Dr. Tyner gives the inside scoop on this decision and what it means for the country.
Dr. Ken Foster and Dane Erickson (AgEcon Junior and 2020 Mortar Board Fellow) talk with Dr. Larry DeBoer about the public policy and economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Plus Dane gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to be a Purdue student in the virtual learning environment.
Wondering how to best utilize crop insurance after Indiana's unusually wet summer? Dr. Michael Langameier breaks down the insurance options farmers might be utilizing this year. Because there are precious few industries as dependent on the weather as farming, this witty podcast explains a heavy topic in a light and understandable way. Don't miss it!
The day after recording this podcast with Dr. Russ Hillberry, who predicted imminent ratification of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, on February 22, the agreement was in fact ratified. This marks the first major multilateral trade agreement reached since the WTO was created more than 20 years ago, aiming to streamline cross-border trade to the benefit of the developing world in particular. Listen as Ken and Jessica discuss the details of this now-ratified agreement and what it means with this Purdue agricultural economist. 
Dr. Ken Foster and co-host Dane Erickson talk with Purdue Ag Econ Senior Mason Gordon about the George Mitchell International Scholar Award he received and his passion for Rural Development. Mason also talks about his Undergraduate Honor Research Project investigating the Stellar Communities program.
Want to know what’s in store for agriculture in 2017? Join Ken and Jessica as they talk with Dr. Chris Hurt, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and editor of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, to discuss the Agricultural Outlook for 2017. Get an inside look as Dr. Hurt explains the predicted economic growth, financial impact and net worth of the agricultural sector this coming year.
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Oct 7th, 2014
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Aug 29th, 2019
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