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2013 ASU Agribusiness Conference Speakers


Carl Brothers is Senior Vice President for International Rice and Partnerships at Riceland Foods, Inc.  Riceland is a farmer-owned cooperative and the nation’s leading rice company.  Carl has 48 years of experience in the rice industry and currently serves as the industry’s representative on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for trade (APAC).  The committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on trade negotiation objectives and trade agreement operation.  Carl also serves on the USDA Agricultural Statistics Advisory Committee and has previously served as Chairman of the Rice Foundation, the USA Rice Federation, and the Rice Millers Association.

James Bullard was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 2008. He directs the activities of the Bank's head office in St. Louis and its branches in Little Rock, Louisville, and Memphis.  Jim, the other 11 Fed district bank Presidents, and the seven-member Board of Governors participate in the Federal Open Market Committee, which is the monetary policy making arm of the Federal Reserve System.  Jim joined the St. Louis Fed as an economist in 1990.  A native of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Jim earned his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He holds B.S. degrees in economics and in quantitative methods and information systems from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Bart Chilton was confirmed as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 2007 and was reconfirmed in 2009.  Created by Congress in 1974, the five-member CFTC is an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and options markets in the United States. Prior to joining the CFTC, Bart served as Chief of Staff and VP for Government Relations at the National Farmers Union.  His career also includes 25 years of government service including work on Capitol Hill in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and in the Executive Branch.  Bart was born in Delaware and spent his youth in Indiana.  He and his wife Sherry currently split their time between Washington D.C. and Arkansas.

Thomas Erickson is Vice President for Government and Industry Affairs for Bunge North America where he represents the company's interests in public policy matters.  Previously, Tom served as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1999 to 2003.  A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tom received his B.A. in government and international affairs from Augustana College and his J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

Bert Greenwalt is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Arkansas State University, Director of the ASU Agribusiness Conference, and farms with his family at Hazen.  He currently serves on the Agribusiness Council of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where he previously served six years as a director.  Bert earned his B.S.A. in Agricultural Business and Economics from ASU, his M.S. from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

Tim Hudson was appointed Chancellor of ASU–Jonesboro in 2012.  He previously served as Vice Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System and earlier as President of the University of Houston–Victoria.  Tim received two Fulbright Fellowships to study in Germany and Mexico, and an ITT International Fellowship to study in Colombia, South America.  A native of Mississippi, Tim earned his B.A. in history and Latin American studies, and an M.A in geography at the University of Southern Mississippi, and his Ph.D. in geography at Clark University in Worchester, Massachusetts.

Jeff Johnson is a Cotton Merchant with Allenberg Cotton Company in Memphis, Tennessee.  He has 22 years experience originating and merchandising U.S. cotton for the Louis Dreyfus Group.  Jeff is past President of the Southern Cotton Shippers Association, past President of the Memphis Cotton Exchange, and past President of the American Cotton Shippers Association.  In 2005, Jeff was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the Advisory Committee of the Universal Cotton Standards Conference.  He currently serves as a merchant delegate to the National Cotton Council.  Jeff earned his B.S. in marketing management and M.S.A in agriculture from Arkansas State University.

Donald  “Bud” Kennedy is Interim Dean of the ASU College of Agriculture & Technology and a Professor of Animal Science.  A native of Alvin, Texas, Bud earned his B.S. and M.Ed. in Agricultural Education from Sam Houston State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science from Louisiana State University.  Bud joined the ASU faculty in 1993.

Adam McClung is Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association.  Previously, he was Director of Industry Relations for the Oklahoma Beef Council.  Reared on a cow-calf operation in central Arkansas, Adam earned his B.S. in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University where he served on the 2001 national championship livestock judging team.  Adam and his wife Chantel currently live on a farm near El Paso, Arkansas.

Joe Outlaw is a Professor and Extension Economist and Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University.  His work with the center involves frequent interaction with members of Congress and agricultural committee staff to provide information on the likely consequences of agricultural policy proposals and changes.  Joe and his colleagues received several awards for their 2002 farm bill education program.  Originally from Devine, Texas, Joe received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.

Ronald Rainey is a Professor of Agricultural Economics with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service where his work focuses on farm management and planning issues for specialty and horticulture crops.  He is currently the project director for the Arkansas MarketMaker direct marketing project.  Ron also works with farmers' markets and alternative agriculture including organic and agritourism enterprises.  He serves on the board of directors of the Arkansas State Horticulture Society and the Arkansas Farmers' Market Association.  Ron earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas.

Jerry Roell is the Director of John Deere FarmSight, John Deere WorkSight, and the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG).  ISG is a world wide group that designs, develops and supports technology used on John Deere agricultural and construction equipment.  ISG’s GreenStar product line provides guidance, data collection, variable rate application, and wireless communication capabilities.  Jerry is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.

David Schweikhardt is a Professor and Extension Agricultural Economist at Michigan State University where his research and extension program focuses on the economic impact of U.S. commodity and trade policies and legal issues involving wind and natural gas leases.  Previously, David served on the agricultural economics faculty of Mississippi State University.  A native of Indiana, David earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Purdue University and his Ph.D. and J.D. degrees at Michigan State University.

Charles Welch assumed office as President of Arkansas State University in 2011.  He previously served as President of Henderson State University, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at ASU-Beebe.  Chuck also served as a White House Intern and on the staffs of Senator David Pryor and Representative Blanche Lincoln.  He is a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas and earned his B.A. at the University of Arkansas, an M.S. in Political Management from George Washington University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.