A Conversation with Kokomo Grain CEO Scott Ortman (PAEP 38)

March 8th, 2017


On Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Day, Scot Ortman, CEO of Kokomo Grain, visited Jessica and Ken to discuss how his Purdue experience impacted his career and family's business over the years. Listen to his story for a great example of how career paths can change and how the grain elevator industry has evolved over time with innovation and technology. 

Ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement with Russ Hillberry (PAEP 37)

February 24th, 2017


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. 

The Journal of Global Economic Analysis with Tom Hertel (PAEP 36)

February 9th, 2017


Join us as Dr. Tom Hertel, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University and executive director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis, talks with Ken and Jessica about the latest release of the Journal of Global Economic Analysis. Tune in to discover how this open-source journal connects the community and encourages broader participation in communicating and publishing information about science to the public.

2017 Agricultural Outlook with Chris Hurt (PAEP 35)

January 23rd, 2017


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.

A Look at the Purdue Initiative for Family Firms with Maria Marshall (PAEP 34)

January 18th, 2017


Tune in to hear Dr. Maria Marshall, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and the director of the Purdue Initiative for Family Firms (PIFF), discuss how PIFF can help family businesses develop skills in financial, business, leadership planning and the maintenance of family bonds. As she talks with Ken and Jessica, Dr. Marshall describes the interactive tools available through PIFF and how these tools can help family businesses achieve success.

What’s in Store for Agricultural Policy? A Post-Election Discussion with Otto Doering (PAEP 33)

November 15th, 2016


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 Food & Agribusiness Quarterly Review with Scott Downey (PAEP 32)

September 22nd, 2016


How can we keep up-to-date on business research and strategy insights relating to food and agriculture? Listen here as Dr. Scott Downey, associate director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and associate professor in the Agricultural Economics Department, explains exactly how with the Quarterly Review. In addition, learn how to access this great new resource, or even help out!

The Inside Scoop on the Ag Economy Barometer with David Widmar (PAEP 31)

September 6th, 2016


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.

The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture with Jessica Eise & Whitney Hodde (PAEP 30)

August 22nd, 2016


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!

A Look at the Changing Geopolitics of Agriculture with Dr. Thompson (PAEP 29)

April 29th, 2016


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. 

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