Bob Young, Chief Economist
American Farm Bureau Federation

Bob joined American Farm Bureau Federation in 2003 as the Chief Economist, coordinating the activities of the Economic Analysis Team.  The team provides support for short-term issues in support of the policy implementation effort of the Federation and also helps to maintain the longer-term view of factors that are driving the overall farm sector, both from an input and an output perspective.

Specializing in the analysis of global agricultural policy, Dr Young came to Farm Bureau from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute or FAPRI where he was Co-Director from 1991 through 2003.  FAPRI is an internationally recognized policy analysis center that models global food, agriculture, natural resources and trade.  Bob also served as an associate professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.  Bob has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, with a B.S. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Missouri as well.

A former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Bob toured the South Pacific courtesy of the United States Navy before returning to University of Missouri for his graduate work with his wife and two children.

Bob Young will present Cap and Trade Legislation and U.S. Agriculture