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February 22, 2018

Ag policy expert to deliver James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Keith Coble, Giles Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University, will be the guest speaker for Purdue University’s 44th annual James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture.

The lecture is scheduled for April 13, 1:30 p.m., in the Krannert Auditorium, Room 140 in the Krannert Building, 403 W. State St.

Coble has testified before congressional committees on three occasions and served as a chief economist for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. His Snyder Lecture talk, “Taking a Longer View of U.S. Farm Policy,” will cover the ebb and flow of U.S. agricultural policy since the 1980s and will look forward to future trends.

Previously, Coble worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service and studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri. His work focuses on risk management, agricultural policy, and insurance. Since writing a dissertation on crop insurance in 1993, Coble has researched and lectured on crop insurance and has published more than 85 scientific research journal articles. He has also contributed to several crop insurance studies for the USDA Risk Management Agency. Coble served on the board of directors of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (2012-15) and as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2008-11).

Recently, he served as the chair of the “Big Ag Data” committee for the Council of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. 

Coble joins a list of top professionals in agricultural business and economics who have served as guest speakers for the James C. Snyder Memorial Lecture. The lecture series is the Department of Agricultural Economics’ signature event at Purdue University.

The series was established in 1975 in honor of James C. Snyder, who served as a professor and researcher in agricultural economics at Purdue.

For more information about the event, contact Debby Weber at or 765-494-4205.

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