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Grain prices

Chris Hurt
Professor, agricultural economics

Extension market analyst

(765) 494-4273; home: (765) 463-7559


Analyzes livestock and grain markets and economic outlook. Specializes in forecasting livestock industry reaction to herd size and demand.

Bob Jones
Professor, agricultural economics

Assistant director, Extension

(765) 494-4312


Has extensive public policy and international experience. Has written more than 115 research articles. Can speak to farm policy including embargoes and international trade agreements.

Marshall Martin
Professor, agricultural economics

Associate head, Department of Agricultural Economics

(765) 494-4268; home: (765) 463-9359


Has expertise in international agricultural trade agreements. Is an expert on U.S. food and farm policy. Can speak to economic outlook.

William Uhrig
Professor, agricultural economics

(765) 494-4308; home: (765) 463-1405


Two-time winner of the American Ag Economics Association market forecaster award. Can speak about demand, price drivers and economic outlook.

Grocery food prices

Joseph N. Uhl

Professor, agricultural economics

Extension food marketing specialist

(765) 494-4219; home: (765) 742-8038


Has expertise in consumer economics,government policies relating to food, and in the marketing, pricing, distribution and consumption of food. Can address how specific farm conditions, such as extreme weather or high commodity prices, will affect consumer food prices.

Livestock and feed

Tip Cline
Professor, animal sciences

Extension swine specialist

(765) 494-4846; home: (317) 583-2831


Swine nutrition specialist. Can discuss ramifications of high feed costs, alternative feeds and management tips to improve feed efficiency.

Kern Hendrix
Associate professor, animal sciences

Extension beef cattle specialist

(765) 494-4832; home:(765) 463-1710


Has expertise in beef cattle production, including cow-calf production, feedlot nutrition and management. Can speak to managing around high grain prices and low cattle prices.


Ellsworth Christmas
Professor, agronomy

Extension soybean specialist

(765) 494-6373; home: (317) 567-2883


Is an expert in the production of soybeans, canola, wheat and specialty crops. Can speak to the condition of Indiana's wheat crop.

Keith Johnson
Professor, agronomy

Extension forage specialist

(765) 494-4800


Has expertise in forage and its availability and suitability as a maintenance feed.

Robert L. Nielsen

Professor, agronomy

Extension corn specialist

(765) 494-4802; home: (765) 743-2973


Has expertise in all aspects of the production of corn, including crop conditions, varietal selection, cultural practices and no-till cropping systems. Can speak to the status of the 1996 Indiana corn crop.