About Dr. Williams:
Dr. Williams is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Co-Director of the Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC). He is the AFCERC chief operations officer responsible for managing the research program of the Center and leads AFCERC research and outreach projects relating to commodity and agribusiness markets and policy and international trade and policy. He is also Senior Scientist, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. His areas of teaching and research emphases include commodity promotion programs, international agricultural trade and development, agricultural policy, and marketing and price analysis. Dr. Williams was raised in Lubbock, Texas and is a 1968 graduate of Monterey High School. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (1978 and 1981) and a B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University (1974). Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, he gained experience as a professor and Assistant Coordinator of the Meat Export Research Center at Iowa State University, Senior Economist at Chase Econometrics, agricultural economist for the USDA, and Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at USDA. Dr. Williams speaks fluent Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America throughout his career, focusing particularly on NAFTA and other agricultural trade, policy, and development issues. In recent years, he has become particularly well known for his research on the economic effectiveness of commodity advertising and promotion programs, including those for soybeans, dairy, cotton, lamb, Florida orange juice, USDA agricultural export development programs, Texas citrus, Texas pecans, Texas beef, Norwegian seafood, and others. He is also well known for his research on U.S. and world oilseed and oilseed product markets and the U.S. livestock industry including issues related to sheep and lamb markets and the effects of concentration in the beef packing industry. He served as Chair of a National Academy of Science Committee on the Status and Economic Performance of the U.S. Sheep and Lamb Industry (see the Committee report: Changes in the Sheep Industry in the United States: Making the Transition from Tradition). He also recently served as a member of a National Academy of Science Committee on the Future of Animal Science Research (see Committee report: Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability). He now serves as a member of the Review Oversight Committee for the Genome Canada funded Project: “Application of Genomics to Improve Disease Resilience and Sustainability in Pork Production”.
International Agricultural and Food Trade, Agricultural and
Food Marketing and Policy, Latin American Agriculture
Professor and Co-Director, AFCERC
PhD (Agricultural Economics), Purdue University
MS (Agricultural Economics), Purdue University
BS (Economics), Brigham Young University