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Read the Signs: Federal Data and Factors for Keen Awareness

2021 Economic Summit Webinar Series

Title: Read the Signs: Federal Data and Factors for Keen Awareness
Speaker: Dr. Seth Meyer - Associate Director and Research Professor, FAPRI – University of Missouri and Incoming Chief Economist, USDA
Webinar Date/Time: February 25, 2021 - 1:00 PM CST

Information flows are powerful, but none as much on the aggregate as WASDE – and we have the former Chair of USDA’s World Outlook Board who produced that authoritative document.

Data shifts in the WASDE impact Iowa (and the world’s) farmers. We will examine where we are and what drivers should we be examining closely from the one who helmed what is arguably one of the world’s most important regular publications.


Dr. Seth Meyer - Associate Director and Research Professor, FAPRI – University of Missouri and Incoming Chief Economist, USDA

Dr. Seth Meyer Associate Director and Research Professor, FAPRI – University of Missouri and Incoming Chief Economist, USDA 

Dr. Seth Meyer is a Research Professor and the Associate Director for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri. FAPRI is well known for is agricultural policy and market analysis, being called on by Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its insight into commodity production, price, farm income and trade impacts from various agricultural policies including Farm Bill proposals, trade agreements and disruptions, and crop insurance. Dr. Meyer was previously the head of the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), the agency at USDA charged bringing together USDA resources in the assessment of crops around the world. The OCE also publishes those finding in the ‘WASDE’ report which is closely watched by agricultural markets here and abroad. Seth was also an economist with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and has served as a visiting scholar at several research institutions around the world.

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