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About C-FARE


Catalyzing informed decisions through applied economics


The mission of The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics is to enhance the effectiveness of the food, agricultural, resource, rural, and related economic sectors through a stronger national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession in the processes of identifying key economic issues, setting priorities, and generating support for research, education, and outreach programs.

Core Values

  • Collaboration – C-FARE advances the applied economics profession through its continuous development of effective communication pathways that connect the profession to users of food, agricultural, natural resource, and applied economics information and analysis.
  • Excellence – C-FARE distills authoritative economic analysis from the agricultural and applied economics profession into information that effectively communicates to its critical audiences.
  • Integrity – C-FARE is guided by the highest level of objectivity.
  • Innovation – C-FARE identifies and facilitates innovative analyses and engagement.
  • Relevance – C-FARE actions are timely, proactive, and responsive to critical issues in the economic and policy environment, leading to impactful public policy outcomes.

C-FARE's Goals 

  • Goal 1. Advance the role of agricultural and applied economists in identifying and informing research and policy issues.
  • Goal 2. Significantly increase the understanding that public, policy-making, and federal program audiences have of the value of food, agricultural, resource, and applied economics information and analysis.
  • Goal 3. Maintain and increase resources and opportunities that support agricultural and applied economics research, outreach, and education
  • Goal 4. Foster opportunities that build human capital for a vibrant national workforce equipped with skills necessary for informing private and public economic decisions.

​​C-FARE's Activities and Programs

C-FARE's activities encompass the broad interests of the profession such as the economics of food production, distribution, and consumption; international trade and development; natural and human resources; environmental quality; rural communities and economic development; rural financial markets; agribusiness management; and public policy.

​​C-FARE's Activities and Programs

  • Facilitates Webinars, Seminars and Briefings on Timely Topics - C-FARE develops webinars, seminars, and briefings. These activities are designed to inform and/or train stakeholders on the application of economics relevant to current policy issues or legislative initiatives. C-FARE’s activities highlight the strengths of economics analysis in multi-disciplinary research and education.
  • Monitors Federal Policy-Making Activities C-FARE monitors and reports on budgets, bills, legislation, rule-making, and initiatives under discussion in the federal policy-making arena. C-FARE also develops public comments that encourage federal policy-makers and program-managers to include applied economic analyses in program development, policy implementation, and requests for research. 
  • Engages Federal Stakeholders and Decision-makers - Members of the C-FARE Board of Directors regularly meet with decision-makers to provide information on the importance of economic research, extension, and education, and the value of many federal data collections. C-FARE also educates stakeholders and decision-makers about the importance of economic research and data through educational letters.
  • Works for Enhanced Funding for Applied Economics - C-FARE’s leadership regularly meet with key federal agencies to discuss the benefits associated with applied economics research and to examine new resources and opportunities for the profession.
  • Submits Nominations for Members of the Profession - Advisory boards and panels offer opportunities for the profession to broaden its influence. C-FARE seeks to enhance the presence of food, agricultural and resource economists on key federal advisory boards.
  • Provides Information to Students and Young Professionals - C-FARE’s intern briefings and informational updates help support the professional growth of the next generation of applied economists. At the briefings, speakers talk about their backgrounds, skills, and academic experience. Experts elaborate on experiences and skills they’ve found necessary to build a career in the private, public, or non-profit sectors in Washington, D.C.
  • Develops Reports and White Papers on Timely Topics - C-FARE’s Blue Ribbon Panels and partnerships result in the development of innovative ideas on how applied economics can help to overcome the 21st century grand challenges to food, agricultural and resource systems.


Board of Directors

  • Roger Coupal, U of Wyoming - Chairman

  • Stephan Goetz, Penn State - Vice Chairman

  • Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University - Past Chairwoman

  • Daniel Lass, U of Massachusetts – Amherst - Treasurer

  • C. Parr Rosson, Texas A&M

  • Deacue Fields, Auburn University

  • Cathy Roheim, University of Idaho

  • Gal Hochman, Rutgers University

  • Spiro Stefanou, University of Florida

  • John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation

  • Cynthia Clark, Retired, National Agricultural Statistics Service


Caron Gala
Executive Director

Chariese Walton
Communications Associate

502 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
P: (202) 408-8522

In fond memory of our past Chair Jon Brandt of North Carolina State University

Last updated: April 24, 2017