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About C-FARE

What is C-FARE?

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.  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. We serve as a conduit between the research and outreach community and Washington, DC policymakers and program agency personnel, and industry representatives, matching expertise to public needs.


C-FARE will be a widely-recognized organization which helps agricultural economists contribute to private and public sector decision making on issues important to agricultural, rural, environmental, food safety and other related societal issues.


GOAL 1: Nexus of New Ideas and Opportunities
C-FARE will be recognized as the nexus of new ideas and opportunities in the field of food, agricultural and resource economics.

GOAL 2: Resources and Capacity for Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
C-FARE will work towards the provision of sufficient resources and capacity to address meaningful economic analysis to societal issues.

GOAL 3: Source of Economic Information and Interpretation
C-FARE will be the go-to organization that connects stakeholders (policy makers, federal agencies and industry organizations) with objective, timely, reliable and relevant economic information.

Activities of the Organization

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.

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.

Organizational History and Background

Organizational Structure

Annual Reports

Our Leadership

C-FARE Officers

Roger H. Coupal
University of Wyoming

Mary Ahearn

Steven Kraft
Southern Illinois University

Damona Doye
Past Chairwoman
Oklahoma State University

Board of Directors

John Anderson
American Farm Bureau Federation

Walter Armbruster
Farm Foundation

Duncan M. Chembezi
Alabama A&M University

Jerry Fletcher
West Virginia University

Stephan Goetz
Penn State

Paul D. Gottlieb
Rutgers University

Roman M. Keeney
Purdue University

Dan Lass
University of Massachusetts

Ashok Mishra
Louisiana State University

Gene Nelson
Texas A&M University

J.B. Penn
John Deere Corporation

C. Parr Rosson, III
Texas A&M University

Steve Turner
Mississippi State University


If you are interested in providing an individual tax-deductible contribution to C-FARE please view our donation form.

We also welcome sponsorships.

For More Information:

Caron Gala
Executive Director

502 C Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 408-8522  Phone
(202) 408-5385 Fax

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

Last updated: November 2, 2016


If you are interested in providing an individual tax-deductible contribution to C-FARE please view our donation form.

We also welcome sponsorships.