C-FARE announces its Board of Directors and Board Committee members

Council on Food
Agricultural and Resource Economics

Washington, DC — The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics welcomes its new directors and appreciates the service of its continuing members. The Council, also known as C-FARE, is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession. C-FARE has a long history of serving the profession and the nation.

“I am pleased to be of service to the profession as the new C-FARE Chairman of the Board of Directors. During these next two years, the Council, its expert network, and the associated institutions will embark on a communication and engagement effort to interpret the nuances of economic research, education, and extension being performed on key themes,” says Spiro Stefanou, C-FARE Board chair and department chair of the University of Florida, Department of Food and Resource Economics. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with this outstanding group of leaders.”

The directors provide leadership, governance, and oversight of the organization and its programming. C-FARE promotes the work of applied economists and serves as a catalyst for incorporating economic thinking into the analysis of food, agricultural, and resource decisions.

The continuing C-FARE directors include:

• Spiro Stefanou, University of Florida – chairman.

• Stephan Goetz, Penn State – vice chairman.

• Daniel Lass, University of Massachusetts, Amherst – treasurer.

• Roger Coupal, University of Wyoming – past chairman.

• Deacue Fields, University of Arkansas.

• Gal Hochman, Rutgers University.

• John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation.

• Cynthia Clark, retired, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

C-FARE’s new directors are:

• Andrew Muhammad, University of Tennessee.

• Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University.

• Sean B. Cash, Tufts University.

“C-FARE has been crucial to connecting agricultural economists and related professionals with decision and policy makers at the federal level,” stated Andrew Muhammad, of the University of Tennessee. “As an agricultural economist, I have benefited from the work of C-FARE and look forward to serving on the Board of Directors. My desire is to continue the work of C-FARE by helping to improve the national presence of the profession, cultivating better relationships with policy makers and national leaders, and improving upon our professional outreach by supporting programs that highlight the relevant and great work that is being done by agricultural and applied economists throughout the nation and the world.”

C-FARE has five standing committees to govern its operations. The committees include the Executive Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Associate Members and Strategic Partners Committee, Program Committee, and Communications Committee.

The continuing C-FARE committee members include:

• Jeffrey L Jordan, University of Georgia.

• Neal H. Hooker, The Ohio State University.

• Daniel Solis, Florida A&M University.

• Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

C-FARE welcomes the following new program committee members:

• Chyi Lyi Liang, North Carolina A&T State University.

• Molly Brant, Arkansas Tech University.

“Agricultural and applied economists are important voices in conversations about food, agriculture, and natural resources. As professionals, we evaluate whether public and private policy accomplishes the desired outcomes and investigate unintended consequences of actions,” says Sean Cash, of Tufts University. “As a C-FARE board member, I look forward to highlighting our work to the public, industry, and government institutions to address global challenges.”

For more information, contact Caron Gala, executive director of C-FARE, at cgala@cfare.org.